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"Prospect Street review"

Balls. It takes balls to make your fans wait two years for a new album. It takes even bigger balls to release an album that sounds completely different than your first. In this case, Smith Point's EP, Prospect Street, is not only worth the wait, but a good sign that the San Francisco lads are headed in the right direction.

Of course there are the usual unabashedly wishy-washy tracks - lacking in edge - that I could live without. It's the slightly emo, part indie-ballad tunes like "Goodbye" and "Coming Down" (a song that single-handily makes the album worth the purchase) that have my ears perking like Molly Ringwald's chest. - The Owl Mag


"Buzz: Review of Smith Point's "All In All" EP"

As dancers execute complicated choreography in a seemingly effortless manner, Smith Point performs the thoughtful vigor of All in All with an enviable grace. With complete ease and assurance, this SF pop rock band transitions from guitar charged licks and crooning ballads on "Mostly Me," to smooth melodies with surprising Caribbean beats on "New York." It is this bit of Latin rhythm that makes you eager for more daring songs and with their solid core, Smith Point can definitely afford to experiment more. For now, the energizing, feel-good music we have on All in All will be enough to tide us over until the next batch.

-Michelle M. Wallace
- theowlmag.com


"LIVE: Who needs Match.com when you can just go to a Smith Point show?"

Wondering where all the women were 3/3? They were at Cafe Du Nord writhing on the red and black checkerboard floor like mealworms in saw dust. But King Street and Smith Point gave us much more than the sorority sister demographic. Their manicured sets and tight-poppy rhythms brought high energy and smiling faces to a dismal and rainy April night.

You probably went to college with Smith Point. The fresh-faced group looks like guys from your Bio 101 class. After a feedback-laden opening set by The Otherside, who's singer sounds a bit like Tom Petty-only not as lethargic, Smith Point rocked a set worthy of an O.C. spotlight. Let's face it, anyone that can make men dance and sing along to A-ha's "Take on Me," are doing something right...even if those men were just trying to get laid....

... Honestly, when's the last time you went to a rock show and saw people dancing?


-JJ
- theowlmag.com


"OFF THE RADAR - Review of Smith Point's "All In All" EP"

This seven-song EP from Northern California four-piece Smith Point is something fans of Phantom Planet and The Calling will love. Blending a competent indie rock sound with radio-friendly lyrics, "All In All" is a quick sample of what is certain to eventually send this band to alt pop stardom. Is it formulaic? Sure. But this is one of those cases where the band plays conventional alt pop that just comes out sounding like so much more. This is for everyone who can't get Phantom Planet's "California" out of their head ... and don't find a damned thing wrong with singing along. - Ball State Daily News


"All in All review"

I didn't really want to like Smith Point, but like the television show The O.C., they make a pretty convincing case for popular culture, something one can ignore and enjoy at the same time. The music is well produced and includes all the necessary ingredients of a pop record: up-beat tempos (think Blink-182 without the over-ratedness), acoustics and electrics (insert favorite male hunk singer-songwriter), big choruses and harmonies (think Matthew Sweet). - SouthOfMainstream.com


"Kingsofar.com"

Infectious pop/rock with hints of power-pop/pop-punk. Falls somewhere between the melodic beauty of the Goo Goo Dolls/Counting Crows and the hooky charm of Good Charlotte/Jimmy Eat World. - KingsOfA&R.com


Discography

>"Escape", from the 2003 EP, All In All, was prominently featured on an episode the WB's hit drama "One Tree Hill"

>"New York", from our EP, All In All, featured on CBS's "Guiding Light"

>Various tracks being played on Power 96.3 (CA), WECS 90.1 (CT), and XM Satellite Radio.

>All In All - EP, released November 2003.

>Prospect Street - EP, released August 2006

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Smith Point gained national attention when their song “Escape,” from the debut EP All in All, was featured on the WB’s One Tree Hill. The band has also been featured on CBS’s Guiding Light and XM Satellite Radio Unsigned.

On August 8, 2006, Smith Point released their follow-up EP, Prospect Street. Recorded and mixed primarily by Tony Espinoza (Alanis Morissette, David Gray), the CD features Nadir Jeevanjee on drums (The Calling, Justin King). The CD represents a major step forward for the band, and poises Smith Point for the next step.

Formed in 2002 when Christian Navarro and Justin Barra met at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Smith Point has been making a name for itself one fan at a time. Smith Point is rounded out by Aaron Mullins and Usman Chaudhary.

The band has played sold out shows in San Francisco at Cafe du Nord, Red Devil Lounge and Tongue and Groove, and has played venues such as Slim's and The Independent.

Kingsofar.com placed Smith Point “somewhere between the melodic beauty of the Goo Goo Dolls/Counting Crows and the hooky charm of Good Charlotte/Jimmy Eat World.” Southofmainstream.com says that Smith Point “makes a pretty convincing case for popular culture.”