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"So Many So Near (single review)"

Hot Press magazine. Vol 32 Issue 15 Aug 13-26 2008

ROB SMITH "So Many So Near"
(Cocklebob Recordings)

The latest offering from Dubliner Rob Smith is one of his mellower efforts, a short, spare and unpretentious acoustic nunber that sees his expansive and evocative voice take centre stage, flanked by some gentle piano and guitar. Despite it's relaxed pace, the song has a tendency to suck the listener in and keep them captivated to the end and it bodes well for the accompanying album.
- Hot Press magazine

"Throwing It All Away (album review)"

Opening with the massive tune "Intro : The Jam", the track sounds like four or five people loosely riffing but it was all the work of Irishman Rob Smith.
Rob's first album evokes The Stone Roses and Paul Weller, with it's shimmering chords and acoustic grooves. Extra points for the Diego Maradona tribute "La Mano de Dios" - The Irish Daily Star



Soul Shaker 2007 #18 (Ireland Combined Charts)
Out In The Sunshine 2008 #8 (Irish Downloads Chart)
Stand Up 2008 #7 (Irish Downloads Chart)
So Many So Near 2008 #4 (Irish Downloads Chart)


Throwing It All Away 2008



What happens when you mix the music of The Stone Roses with the solo twist of Paul Weller? The awnser is Dublin indie musician Rob Smith.

In March 2008, Rob released his debut album "Throwing it All Away" to great reviews including Irish national newspaper The Star which hailed it as a "superb debut album".
The album was recorded in winter 2007 in a rented house in Co Wexford and was recorded in one week. Well, six days really (the first day Rob decided to spend drinking). If that wasn't enough, the vast majority of the album was also written in that week. And as well as that, Rob played all the instruments on all the tracks himself. You gotta give some credit for that.
The live shows are predictably unpredictable. On his own with the acoustic or with a full band...if anyone said they were disappointed at a Rob Smith gig, obviously ain't never been to one.