Calling the World

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Four years passed between Rooney's self-titled debut and its follow-up, Calling the World -- virtually a lifetime when it comes to many listeners' attention spans. The band spent that time recording and scrapping two albums' worth of material and dealing with label problems; while waiting so long to release new music was a risky move, it probably wasn't as risky as releasing music they didn't believe in completely. As it turns out, Calling the World is a pretty safe bet. Musically speaking, nothing has changed drastically in the band's world since its debut: they still write boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, and boy-gets-over-girl songs, and they still have a knack for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Four years passed between Rooney's self-titled debut and its follow-up, Calling the World -- virtually a lifetime when it comes to many listeners' attention spans. The band spent that time recording and scrapping two albums' worth of material and dealing with label problems; while waiting so long to release new music was a risky move, it probably wasn't as risky as releasing music they didn't believe in completely. As it turns out, Calling the World is a pretty safe bet. Musically speaking, nothing has changed drastically in the band's world since its debut: they still write boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, and boy-gets-over-girl songs, and they still have a knack for loading those songs with plenty of hooks, harmonies, and catchy melodies, all of which are especially apparent on "When Did Your Heart Go Missing?" and the feisty "Don't Come Around Again." However, Calling the World's songs aren't quite as sunny and innocent as Rooney's were. "Are You Afraid?" drives its question home with bombastic, claustrophobic keyboards and paranoid android backing vocals; "All in Your Head"'s insistence that a relationship is purely fictional is almost as cruel as it is catchy. Rooney also update their sound by expanding their influences by a few years, and at times, Calling the World feels like a collection of lost singles from the late '70s and early '80s: "I Should've Been After You"'s guitar heroics, lush buildups, and big harmonies take a page from Queen's playbook, and "Tell Me Soon" feels like a less quirky update of ELO's orchestral pop. Later, "Love Me or Leave Me"'s airy synths and "Paralyzed"'s chunky rhythms nod to new wave and straight-ahead '80s pop
ock. As faithfully as Rooney re-create these sounds on Calling the World, it sometimes feels like the band doesn't bring enough of its own identity to these songs. "What For" is an exception: yes, its limpid guitar lines and pianos can trace their lineage to George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, but the song's genuinely sweet sentiments make it one of the album's most unique songs. Calling the World might not be radically inventive, but its solid songcraft and playful shout-outs to rock history are a lot of fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517306134
  • Catalog Number: 000880602
  • Sales rank: 74,918

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rooney Primary Artist
Richard Dodd Cello
Louis Stephens Keyboards
Andy Sturmer Vocals
Ducky Carlisle Tambourine
Eric Gorfain Violin
Daphne Chen Violin
Dhani Harrison Vocals
Taylor Locke Guitar, Vocals
Ned Brower Drums, Vocals
Matthew Winter Bass Guitar
Leah Katz Viola
Robert Schwartzman Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
John Fields Producer, Engineer
Ross Hogarth Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Steven Miller Engineer
Woody Jackson Engineer
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Stephen Lu String Arrangements
Dorian Crozier Drum Technician
Janée Meadows Art Direction
Robert Schwartzman Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rooney Rocks!

    Best music eva! The tunes are catchy and never gets old. Definitely a must buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly infectious music!

    I LOVE this cd from start to finish. Very upbeat with great lyrics. I can't wait to hear more from ROONEY!!!

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