"...his new effort, the EP Rabbits, his first record in a while, is deserving of a wider audience"
“Two tasty slices of powerpop from this Texas singer/songwriter that echo the likes of Apples in Stereo or late sixties psych pop”
“Sean Russell the songwriter has developed a personal sense of quality control. That’s half the battle for any artist who trades in such intense, even existential subject matter.”
“..here's a look at six new albums, birthed by musicians from the 817, worth your time and money. ... His grasp on plaintive pop songs is firm, but on tracks like the sparkling Vivian, Russell shows us he can let loose when he wants.”
“Mystery of the New invokes many power-pop masters, from Matthew Sweet on ”Avoiding the Absolutes” to Fountains of Wayne on “Vivian.” And, while it may be easy to make certain connections, his music never comes off as overly derivative. It’s those hints of other familiar tunes that is half the secret to great pop music, anyway... Mystery drips with unpretentious pop, delivering its fair share of solid songs and demanding little more from the listener besides time to soak it in.”
“...Instead of the somewhat tiresome stance often taken by artists of this genre—where the songwriter places himself in an antagonistic position to Injustice—Russell examines his own successes and failures with more honesty than you’d typically expect to find on an album that begins with an irreverent pop rock number about finding the perfect tattoo.”
“...the CD is a refreshing change from the overly obvious singer-songwriter tradition. Russell continues to build a side career as a performer in the Dallas area; To This Point serves as an admirable point of reference for a promising young artist.”