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  • Summary: Produced by John Fields (Andrew W.K., Switchfoot) is Rooney's followup to their self-titled debut.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Is it cheesy? Kind of. But sometimes your musical diet can use a little extra dairy.
  2. Calling the World might not be radically inventive, but its solid songcraft and playful shout-outs to rock history are a lot of fun.
  3. Tossing aside the overbearing Weezer influence from Rooney's debut, singer-songwriter-Hollywood kid Robert Schwartzman -brother of Jason, cousin of Nicolas Cage - adopts the "poor me" lyrical stance perfected by the likes of The Eagles and Toto on Calling The World.
  4. There aren't enough original ideas here to know if Rooney can shine as a relevant, modern rock band.
  5. Things get slightly clunky when the tempo slows and they stretch for drama, but there’s a growing self-awareness here that keeps Rooney within its comfort zone, which, refreshingly, is comforting more often than not.
  6. It’s all very sweet and likeable, too much in fact. The shtick is so cloying that its sentiments melt on contact. This is the fundamental flaw of Rooney’s work on Calling the World - the effect of their craft, delivery, and emotion disappears as soon as it arrives.
  7. In the end, Calling the World left me bored as hell.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Kait
    Sep 14, 2007
    The first will always be better but Calling the World is growing on me. Rooney is just...fantastic.
  2. neilp
    Jul 19, 2007
    very fun album
  3. ChrisW.
    Aug 27, 2007
    A highly addictive album. At my first listen, I wasn't that impressed, but give it a couple of spins and now I can't stop. There are many catchy songs that won't let you feel all cheesed out in the end. Many of these songs could get radio play, but are edgy enough that they won't sound like Coldplay or Train. this album is good... it's just the right length to leave you satisfied, but wanting a little bit more. Expand
  4. LeifS.
    Jul 19, 2007
    Album was decent, I felt as if their debut cd was better. I would still recommend purchasing this album.
  5. Ellen
    Jul 23, 2007
    The album is enjoyable but I feel like it's kind of a step down from there first album. Rooney kinda lost some of their edge with this one. A little less witty, a little more desperate. Expand
  6. Scott
    Jul 19, 2007
    Well, they certainly have a love of classic rock.
  7. JaredC.
    Jul 18, 2007
    Bad lyrics, bad singing, but good beat.

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