A Review of Rooney’s Eureka
Three years after releasing their Calling the World CD, Rooney’s third album titled Eureka finally hits the shelves. How does the album grade out?
Ever since Rooney’s release of their self-titled debut album in 2003, the bar has been set high. The CD included hits such as Blueside (featured on Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004), I’m Shakin’ (featured on the soap opera All My Children), and Sorry, Sorry. 2007 saw the release of their second album titled Calling the World, featuring perhaps their most famous and well-liked song to date When Did Your Heart Go Missing?
Although the band hasn’t been immensely successful on the commercial front, they have developed a devoted fan base. With two albums under their belt already, how does their newest album Eureka sound?
(Now that I’ve got the more professional part of the article over, I’ll start looking at the band and the Eureka album in a more fan-like light.) I want to start out by saying that I absolutely loved their first album Rooney. I remember buying the album after hearing Blueside on Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 and I immediately fell in love. I loved all the songs on the album, with the exception of Losing All Control. But hey, 10 out of 11 tracks is still a home run no matter how you slice it. The California surf-rock sound combined with some British Invasion influences and a hint of some classical rock (Electric Light Orchestra comes to mind especially) blended into a mix of pure music perfection. Heavy subjects such as Daisy Duke and Sorry, Sorry still had an upbeat sound to them. 7 years later, I still can’t get enough of the album
When Calling the World came out, needless to say I was thrilled. It’d been four years since the last CD was released, and perhaps that excitement had me primed for a disappointment. The Calling the World album wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t that good. When Did Your Heart Go Missing?, Calling the World, and I Should Have Been After You were the only songs comparable to the first album, and even then When Did Your Heart Go Missing? was the only song on the CD that I would even compare. The sound was different, and they seemed to have veered off course a bit from the California-ness that defined the second album.
After another long wait (three years), Eureka finally hit the shelves. Knowing better than to hope for too much and be let down this time, I went in expecting mediocrity. But this time the exact opposite happened to me… I went in expecting something average, and after listening to the album through a few times, I’m thrilled with it. The sound is something in between Rooney and Calling the World – not too surf rock sounding, but not too alternative either. The album starts with Holdin’ On, a song I would easily place on the first album. I Can’t Get Enough is a very appropriate title for the next song, because I really can’t get enough of the infectious beat and catchy lyrics. Only Friend and All or Nothing aren’t the best on the album, but they’re still dang good. The Hunch is a song definitely worth noting for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s a staple song on the album, but more importantly it features vocals from drummer Ned Robbins. I didn’t like the song at first, but after a few listens it really grew on me, and now it’s one of my favorite on the CD. I Don’t Want to Lose You and You’re What I’m Looking For are two more solid songs off the album. One more song worth mentioning is Stars and Stripes. I initially didn’t even put the song on my computer, but after listening to it with a friend it really grew on me. The lyrics certainly aren’t Rooney-esk but it’s a nice change of pace.
Overall the album is solid, and a leap in the right direction for the band. Also, I’d like to mention how great the live shows are. Not only are the band members some of the nicest musicians I’ve met, but they sound great in person. I highly suggest watching the band live, and if you haven’t got the CD and you’re into Rooney, you should buy it immediately.
Final Grade – 8.5 out of 10