Calling the World

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  • Summary: Produced by John Fields (Andrew W.K., Switchfoot) is Rooney's followup to their self-titled debut.

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When Did Your Heart Go Missing
Love don't come so easily This doesn't have to end in tragedy I have you and you have me We're one and a million Why can't you see? I'm waitin',... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. Q Magazine
    60
    A radio-friendly collection of feel-good summer pop alongside teen-angsty ballads. [Nov 2007, p.147]
  5. It's even more hook-slathered and fetchingly tuneful than the first.
  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. There’s just very so little of merit here--glazed pop-rock staggers into itself as the whole album washes past without you realising.

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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
    10
    The first will always be better but Calling the World is growing on me. Rooney is just...fantastic.
  2. neilp
    Jul 19, 2007
    10
    very fun album
  3. ChrisW.
    Aug 27, 2007
    9
    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 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
    7
    Album was decent, I felt as if their debut cd was better. I would still recommend purchasing this album.
  5. Ellen
    Jul 23, 2007
    6
    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 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
    6
    Well, they certainly have a love of classic rock.
  7. JaredC.
    Jul 18, 2007
    1
    Bad lyrics, bad singing, but good beat.

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