Calling The World
Label: Rooney / Geffen PS
If Rooney earns points for cleverness by starting this LP with a collage of ringtones, the smooth-sailing pop that comes in its wake is similarly coy. The piano work shows an affection for '70s pop heroes, but when they jump ahead a decade with "When Did Your Heart Go Missing," they seemingly update a-ha for a modern dance party. By the time power ballad "Tell Me Soon" comes barreling along with a barn-burning guitar solo and piles of strings, the album is downright epic.