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You can go ahead and call Rooney’s new album, Eureka, their declaration of independence. After several years trudging under the weight of a major label deal that never quite fit them right, the Los Angeles band is making a bold, fresh start: Rooney recorded and produced Eureka themselves, and will be releasing the disc June 8th on their own new label, California Dreamin’ Records ... Read more in Amazon's Rooney Store

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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000R7I38W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Calling The World
2. When Did Your Heart Go Missing?
3. I Should've Been After You
4. Tell Me Soon
5. Don't Come Around Again
6. Are You Afraid?
7. Love Me Or Leave Me
8. Paralyzed
9. What For
10. All In Your Head
11. Believe In Me
12. Help Me Find My Way

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Rooney's second CD, Calling the World, contains a first single--"When Did Your Heart Go Missing?"--that starts out with a guitar riff so familiar, you swear that it must be a cover tune. By the chorus, however, the old-school, Wham-sounding melody (with frontman Robert Schwartzman emulating an early-day George Michael) reminds you that this is familiar just because it is simple, straight-up pop-n-roll. "I Should've Been After You" is a catchy little ditty that shows the extent of their love for '60s British invasion pop, albeit with a hefty dose of Robbie Williams-esque open-throated melodies on the side. Rooney's music--and even their cover art--tends to hearken '60s bands such as The Monkees and Herman's Hermits in terms of their sugar-sweetness, while "Paralyzed" and "All In Your Head" changes things up a bit with a nu-wave Cars sound. Like sugar, the disc might provide occasional moments of elation, but much of their music ("Calling the World", "Tell Me Soon", "Love Me or Leave Me") lacks the proverbial protein to sustain serious listeners for more than just a few pleasant minutes. --Denise Sheppard

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On July 17th, Rooney will release their second album Calling The World a pop-rock manifesto and contribution to the rock-pop body of work initiated by The Beatles and The Beach Boys and propagated by subsequent groups such as Queen, E.L.O., Cheap Trick, The Cars, Jellyfish and Weezer. Rooney have sold 400,000 albums of their debut and toured extensively across the United States and Europe. They've toured with Weezer, The Strokes, All American Rejects, Travis, Kelly Clarkson and Pete Yorn. This summer, Rooney embark on a national tour as opening act for Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas.

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I love EVERY song on this album!!
Jen
Rooney's "Calling the World" is one of the best albums I have heard in the last ten years.
El Lobo
Some well written songs with great guitar and keyboard work.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Larry Davis on July 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Seriously, it really is. I don't mince words or throw away terms like that without sincerely meaning it. When I heard that Rooney (the LA quintet named after the hilariously inept principal in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"), scrapped 2 albums and took 4 years to follow up their great 2003 debut, I was slightly worried...who wouldn't be??? But, upon hearing their new 2007 release "Calling The World", all my worries were tossed aside...it's REALLY great...all 12 tunes are gems...with great melodies, harmonies, arrangements, guitar riffs, the works...even a mini-rock-opera!!! Tunefulness is tops here, and whether this record appeals to the O.C. fans they acquired with the debut, it's secondary to the melodic waterworks in evidence here.

Wow, this is really a great record...definitely a contender for best powerpop album of 2007...if not best album overall, definitely top 10.

No shortage of highlights here...from the danceable first single "Where Did Your Heart Go Missing", to the catchy, pining "Should Have Been After You", where singer/guitarist/brother of actor Jason Schwartzman, Robert Schwartzman regrets going after a gal pal who keeps setting him up with her girlfriends who are not as worthy...to the AMAZING "Paralyzed"...I recall loving this song when they did a free concert in NYC back in 2005...and the string-laden, epic ballad "Help Me Find My Way", the catchy opening title track, the mini-opera "Are You Afraid??" All songs here are great, and that could be the problem...finding a focus track as a single...but that doesn't matter, as it's such a great record overall.

As for the scrapped 2 albums...perhaps those songs will find their way through the underground and onto bootlegs...most scrapped albums and songs by great powerpop bands such as Rooney are just as good and an interesting listen...I'd love to hear those tunes.

Again, the wait was really worth it. And, cool, I'm the first reviewer here, aces!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Snyder VINE VOICE on August 14, 2007
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I'm not sure why Rooney gets slept on so much. They're very under-the-radar. Fans of the Maroon 5 album should be all over "Calling the World".

This album is what I consider a perfect summer album. Lighter breezier pop/rock songs. Lots of catchy choruses without being cheesey. The songs are short and to-the-point; this isn't an overly drawn-out, bloated affair.

I like that the songs are bouncy with good beats/tempos - no real downers here. And you can't beat the price: I assume the low price is intended to draw in new fans, not scare people away that it's cheap for a reason.

Really, I'm surprised as to why these guys don't get more publicity. If you could choose a soundtrack for a perfect California summer, this would be the album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen on July 25, 2007
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They're sound has matured since they're last album. The writing is better, the singing is stonger and the music is rockin'!! I love EVERY song on this album!! There are no fillers here! I have it in my Mp3 player and it won't be leaving any time soon! Look out world Rooney has arrived!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By El Lobo on November 12, 2007
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Rooney's "Calling the World" is one of the best albums I have heard in the last ten years. Every song is a winner. It's refreshing to hear a group that can actually do real music and put out an album that's fun to listen to all the way through. I had never heard of Rooney until I saw them on Kimmel. Unlike most of the groups on that show that I turn off half-way through, I knew I had to get the album. I haven't heard their first so can't compare. Will do that next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Jenkins VINE VOICE on October 2, 2007
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I just got finished listening to this again and its impressive. I'm glad that they took the time needed to come back out and release an excellent album like "Calling the World".

From track to track the seemingly flow right into the next song with nothing but great music being played, sung and lyrics written which makes for a cd worth purchasing. Plus being able to add things that have happened in your life on record. It helps not really deal with it..but just lets other people know that hey we have issues too. Passing of a parent is something you never get over you just try and make it through each day. That's what the last track to me feels like "Help Me Find My Way. Its last for a reason and that's to leave you with those thoughts on your mind.

(Sorry for running off track there)

But Rooney's sophomore effort suffers no signs of the dreaded 2nd album curse that seems to plague some bands out there. Not them they just go out and do what makes them and their fans happy and that is to make quality, fun yet engaging music.

This is it "Calling the World" check it out...

you know ya want too...lol

Later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jong on August 23, 2007
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Rooney reminds me why I listened to my Cheap Trick albums until the grooves wore out: infectious power pop, crunchy guitar chords, and catchy harmonies. The more I listen to "Calling the World," the more I start playing name that musical influence. Brian May-like signature harmonized guitar chords ignite the song "I Should Have Been After You." Later on in that same track the bridge makes me think that I'm listening to a Jellyfish album. Track 4, "Tell Me Soon," builds up to an orchestra ending like those great old ELO songs. "Don't Come Around Again" sounds like the Raspberries in their luscious sonic best. "What For" opens with spot on Georg Harrison riffs, and "All in Your Head" has a Cars flavor to it. Rooney is in no way a wannabe derivative. Instead, they smash all of their musical influences into twelve tracks of catchy rock that leaves me humming their songs long after I turn off my stereo. (Note to music fans over 40: Can't you see the Monkees influence on the liner photos? See the dunes pic and watch the opening theme song from the Monkees TV series.) I can't forget to mention their first single, "When Did Your Heart Go Missing." Who do they sound like? Rooney. Loud and proud. That choppy guitar riff and Robert Schwartzman's confident delivery reminds me why I never grew tired of hearing Cheap Trick's "Surrender." Perfect power pop nevers gets old. Do yourself a favor. Buy this CD. Do yourself a bigger favor. Go see them in concert. I saw them in a tiny venue in Jacksonville, FL. Although only about 100 people crowded the matchbox stage, Rooney rocked like they were headlining an arena show. By the way, I saw Cheap Trick play here in a tiny club, too. Great bands give their fans what they want, no matter the venue. All out, balls-to-the wall energy. Join the Rooney army!
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