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Rooney sticks with the script and delivers!

Few bands can produce albums with the replay value that Rooney's first and second album here provide. The band itself shares a strong influence from great bands like The Beatles and Beach Boys, but the thing I love the most about the Rooney is their ability to incorporate musical stylings from the past four decades... from classic rock, blues and progressive to 80's synth, alternative rock and surf soul. I highly recommend this album to anyone.

Incredible second album

Rooney's first album is a perfect album. Every song on their debut is a gem, and I am beginning to think that their second album is almost the same. After four years of silence I was becoming worried that Rooney would not make anything else, but when their single came out I was hopeful that their second album would be very good, and I was right. This album sounds different than their first in that a good deal of the new songs sound more early 80's than their usual mid to late 70's powerpop. Are You Afraid? reminisces ELO and I Should've Been After You sounds like a forgotten Queen song, while others (When Did Your Heart Go Missing?, Paralyzed, All In Your Head, and Believe In Me) imitate the feel of 80's pop rock. The remaining tracks, save Help Me Find My Way (a great song, I thought of Keane when I heard this), including Calling the World, Tell Me Soon, Don't Come Around Again and Love Me or Leave Me come back to the sound of their first album, which are all really good songs. I enjoyed the album thoroughly and leaves me wanting to hear their third, which I do hope does not take another four years.

After 4 long years and two scrapped albums, they're back.

Rooney has finally compiled an album they feel is worth releasing, after passing on two others chock full of new material. I don't know what the other two sounded like, but based on what they present here they truly saved the best for last. Calling The World has the SoCal Pop sound that drew listeners 4 years ago, but it also shows the band's eagerness to expand their sound. They touch on several different eras and sounds, and do so mostly with success. Another good album from a fun band. Let's hope it's not 4 more years before we hear more from Rooney.


Formed: 2000 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

California rock band Rooney emerged in 2002, making their live debut warming up for Phantom Planet, a more experienced L.A.-based group who shared similar classic pop influences (E.L.O., the Beach Boys) along with a family member. The younger brother of actor and former Phantom Planet drummer Jason Schwartzman, Rooney maestro Robert Schwartzman was also a son of Hollywood who had dabbled in acting, but by the early 2000's had turned his full attention to crafting pleasantly retro guitar pop. By the...
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