Russell Stafford | Between U & I

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Between U & I

by Russell Stafford

"A singer/songwriter who knows when to lay on some rock, Between U & I is a surprisingly fresh take on a familiar genre."
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. Girl Like You
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3:37 album only
2. Back to You
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4:00 album only
3. Cheap Wine
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4:04 album only
4. Everytime I Come Down
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3:51 album only
5. Last Goodbye
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3:58 album only
6. Taking Me (From Yesterday)
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4:41 album only


Album Notes
Born and raised in Sydney Australia, Russell migrated to the US at the age of 19. After playing guitar for several prominent local bands, Russell began writing and stepped up to the mic. After finding his voice with Grammy nominated vocalist, Chrissy Faith, he immersed himself into his music and song writing.

Since releasing his debut album “Freshwater” in 2005, Russell has shared the stage with such prominent artists as Augustana, Anna Nalick, Josh Radin, Matt Kearney and more. His unique sound, powerful performances and genuine character have garnered him both local and national radio airplay, and a dedicated Northwest fan base.

In 2008, Russell released the much awaited follow-up to Freshwater. Fittingly titled "Between You & I", he continued his efforts to break out of typical singer/songwriter restraints.

The album weaves from the pop/rock single "Cheap Wine”, to the all out rocker, "Every time I come down" with a cohesive sound that’s as unexpected as it is unique. Joined by guitarist Kevin Hahn (Animotion, Tri-Polar, Castella), Bassist Dain Ryan (Dirty Little Fingers) and drummer, Jason Fellman, "Between You & I" is a testament to the diverse talent of this young songwriter and band.


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Well, since Mr. Stafford was kind enough to let his audience take a free copy of this home so long as they get on his e-mail list, I figured I'd do my part & write a review. I must say that the percussionless gig I witnessed definitely didn't go over as well as the actual CD did. The CD sounds more 'pure' and less cluttered than the live sound produced, but that could change, I'm sure depending on electric vs. acoustic, drummer/no drummer, etc.
ANYWAY...the EP/album. I must say up front that paying more than a buck a song is a steep price on here, especially for an Indie artist. I know we all want to make more $$ but that'd be high for a nationally known act. Glad mine was gratis!
The songs have good structure, musically. They sound fairly open with a nice mix of his acoustic with electric guitar over-worked across most of the tracks. Nice overall production on every song as the clarity is pretty top notch, especially considering it's an indie disc.
He's got a definite vein of Beatles running through his tunes, particularly in the way he sings in both tambre and vocal tone, especially since he doesn't hide his down-under accent all that much in his pronunciation. Personally, I find the vocals a little thin and throat-based which I could take or leave, but I do enjoy getting to clearly hear the lyrics, which I'm sure Russell appreciates, since he is a singer/SONGWRITER and all. I will say though, that lyrically, I found some of the themes a bit 'been-there, heard-that' and I could really do w/out the constant F-bombs in "Everytime I Come Down," which is a great sounding track in terms of the band: probably the most rocking on the disc. Swearing has its place in some music and to accent a point made and whatnot but hearing it throughout a song, over and over, especially every chorus gets old and comes across as being heavily stricken with writer's block but needing to write a tune to make a deadline or something to that effect. I was pretty disappointed with that track as the music was so superior to the lyrics that I wished it was left as an instrumental almost. The CD ends on a mellow note with the last track, which fits his style best but doesn't drive home the 'new sound' he might've gone for in comparison with his first full-length CD. Musicianship is tight and has the right drum fills and guitar licks/solos for the given parts and pieces while not being flashy or 'never-heard-that-before' but it sounds solid throughout (IE: think Tom Petty's Heartbreakers without Tom). Overall, a good effort but not stellar and leaves me wanting more profundity lyrically speaking and a more deeply-sung vocal, in terms of tambre while adding a bit of juice & and kick to some of the tracks instrumentally to leave a more lasting impression. Best of luck to Mr. Stafford in his continuing career.

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Between U & I -album
Determined not to be held to the typical restraints of a particular genre, Oregon’s Acoustic Rock singer/songwriter and musician, Russell Stafford breaks free once again and goes ever more diverse with his latest album, Between U & I. The album begins with the catchy track “Girl Like You”, Stafford displaying a raspy vocal blending well with driven guitars and drums. The second track is the cool hook sounds of “Back To You”, appealing vocals, pleasant melodies are...priceless, everything flows just right; well structured with the chorus; this song has full potential of becoming a soundtrack for sure as any song on the album.

Stafford admits to writing the powerful-attitude song “Every Time I Come Down”, out of frustration of being expected to writing the same type of songs. He definitely shows that frustration and blasts it out of the water and into your face. The track hits out of the gate with aggressive guitar riffs followed by Stafford’s strong vocals, the chorus is a perfect fit, the emotions in the track are solid.

What truly amazes me is every time I hear Stafford his ability to remain true vocal, he keeps to the essentials; it is the right way to producing exceptional albums. Between U & I was just recently released and already...I can’t wait for the next album which I already know it will be another brilliant masterpiece.

Lisa McPhail

Between U and I
I bought this album because I've seen Russell play at local bars and I love his style! The album definitely did not disappoint. I love the fact that he's got his own style, but every song has it's own sound. I never feel like it all sounds the same which is why I usually regret buying an album! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Russell hits the big time, he's earned it!