ROONEY: NEW LINEUP, SAME OKAY TASTE

Prominent 00’s rockers and California enthusiasts Rooney are back, and with more of the same. The band’s fourth album is thick and mellow, like a Weezer ballad or an OK Go video, but it represents a new direction for the formerly-large-but-now-only-one-man band. Founder/singer/multi-instrumentalist Robert Schwartzman released the following statement on the band’s website:

Rooney is my baby and I really love it and I miss it. I came to a place where I felt creatively ready to make new Rooney music. On Washed Away, I wrote, produced, engineered, mixed and performed all of the songs which, I hope, will serve as a direct line from me to you. I hope you enjoy it.

So, pretty much what you’d expect. Guy likes music, guy makes similar music, music doesn’t quite compare with band’s greatest hits. That’s not to say the album isn’t good–it’s excellent background music, go listen to it–but nothing really jumps out as the indie smash hit I’m looking for. Not since the days of The OC has Rooney felt particularly relevant, and no amount of nostalgic west-coast-pop is going to change that. I want to feel like Luke belting “Sh-Sh-Shakin'” like an idiot, but I’m left more like moody Ryan leaving the show early. Thanks a lot, Marissa: