Release Date: Jul 17, 2007
Record label: Geffen
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
In 2003, all was glorious for young Rooney: The L.A. power-pop quintet had a rising self-titled debut, love from The O.C., and, as a result, an attendant legion of teen fans. Four years and two scrapped albums later, they’re back, power and pop intact — only this time their alt-y new-wave jangle is filtered through big, brash production. It’s as if they’ve adopted Supertramp as their spirit animal, soaking Calling the World in mondo synths and double-tracking.
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.