Published Open Ended EP (Review) - DJ Pete's Country & Western Show
Review written by Graham Barnes
British Duo, Stanford Road comprising of Terry “Blackjaz” Muller and Rachael Muller have certainly made a mark on the UK country scene. They have crafted specially blended vocals and a unique writing style which has set them apart from their contemporaries. With a trip to Nashville and the release of the Open Ended Ep they have enhanced their growing reputation on both sides of the pond.
The EP opens with Letters a beautifully written song starting with a nice guitar rhythm and Rachael`s wonderfully toned vocals. As the song carries on it soon demonstrates the vocal blending that gives Stanford Road their unmistakable hallmark. Letters was released as Stanford Roads debut single.
So Wrong a lively paced song with a lively fun feel to it. This one cracks along with a really pleasing melody. Rachael once again starts this track off with Terry`s vocals ably backing up. So Wrong is my personal favourite on this EP and is my stand out track.
Independence Highway this track really shows off their harmonised vocals. This one is another upbeat song with a real country feel and Terry and Rachael combine perfectly once again. Independence Highway whips along with a tale of leaving home and finding things harder than expected and ringing back home for help, we have all been in that spot at one time or another.
Fool's Comfort. Rachael kicks off this fantastically mellow offering displaying a beautifully soft vocal style which varies in pitch. Fool`s Comfort is another prefect example of the duo`
ability to entwine with each other seamlessly and demonstrates their excellent writing ability. Being made out a fool by someone we love and the painful realisation when the penny drops is a difficult thing to handle Fools Comfort puts it across so well. “Nothing but a fools comfort and it`s making a fool out of me.”
The final track on this beautiful EP is a cover of a Brooks & Dunn classic Cowgirl`s Don`t Cry. Terry takes the lead on this track with Rachael joining in on the harmonies. This is a real tearjerker track, so atmospheric in its composition and with Terry`s haunting vocals it really makes this a special song to finish a special EP. “Cowgirls don’t cry, ride baby ride, lessons in life are gonna show you in time, soon enough your gonna know why, it`s gonna hurt every now and then, if you fall get back on again, cowgirls don’t cry.”
With their brilliant writing skills, vocals and undeniable chemistry Stanford Road are destined for an exciting future on both sides of the pond. Making this EP a must have in any country collection visit http://www.stanfordroad.com for more information on this great British country duo.
by Graham Barnes