not a member? click here to sign up

The Juliana Field

Early promise yet to be fulfilled

Rating: 6 / 10

Jackie Hayden, 01 Nov 2010



Smith’s debut album Throwing It All Away was greeted with considerable excitement in some quarters. On this follow-up, however, there’s a sense of going back to basics. Whether this is an aesthetic or a budgetary decision is uncertain, but my own prognosis is that, in production terms, the songs would benefit from a higher level of ‘fi’. ‘Way Back Home’ is just one example of Rob’s ability to pen a fine song but the production doesn’t make the most of it. ‘All In My Mind’ and ‘Shine On Let Me Be The One’ are solid, but it all comes good with ‘The Stomp Song’, which packs real punch and conviction. Overall, the simple pieces work best, like the appealing McCartneyesque tenderness of ‘Rue Saint Dominique’, while the instrumental ‘Marrakesh’ is a tantalising soundtrack waiting for the right film. All told, The Juliana Field is an interesting record from a distinctive voice. But next time out, I’d like to see what he’d achieve with a top producer at the desk.

KEY TRACK: ‘THE STOMP SONG’


Rating: 6 / 10
Artist Related Content

Latest Related Articles For This Artist

Rob Smith releases new LP this Friday

Snapped Strings & Hangovers lands this weekend


News: 27 May 2015

Rob Smith To Play Stone Roses tribute

Which dig up ‘Fool’s Gold’ In Dalymount Park


News: 27 Feb 2014

Rob Smith to play hits by The Stone Roses this weekend

The indie musician will play two special solo acoustic shows in Dublin


News: 11 Jul 2012

Rob Smith set to play Whelans on Monday

It will be his final gig of the year.


News: 16 Dec 2011

Rob Smith @ The Philip Lynott Exhibition

One of the final performances in the series of live action at the exhibition...


Video: 21 Oct 2011

best of ireland

Contact Us

Hot Press,
13 Trinity Street,
Dublin 2.
Rep. Of Ireland
Tel: +353 (1) 241 1500

Email:info@hotpress.ie

Click here for more contact information.

Click here to find out more about Hot Press

Hot Press always welcomes feed back so if you've got something to tell us click here.

Advertise With Us

For more detail on how to advertise with Hot Press click here or call us on +353 (1) 241 1540