It’s been far too long since the last Rooney album. Frontman Robert Shwartzman had flirted with a solo project years ago that was actually pretty good, but he didn’t release a substantial amount of music away from the Rooney moniker. Now the band’s back and we get a new album with “Washed Away”. It’s a throwback album that’s not unlike what Rooney had done previously, but it’s still a really solid listen that you’ll have a lot of fun with.
The 70s rock inspiration is back with this Rooney album and it’s back in a big way. Shwartzman must have seriously loved Bowie and Boston in his childhood because he always seems to model his songs in that way. There’s a lot of atmosphere that’s added to his songs in production and it really adds something to what Rooney is capable of doing. The songs themselves are written extremely well, but they’re all molded after old pop rock songs – whether that’s from the 60s or 70s – and something new here, 80s – but the production nuances and odds and ends are what really make a Rooney record fun for me. That, and Shwartzman’s ability to write quality lyrics that manage to tell a story if you’re looking for it, or you’re just able to forget about them and just sing along with them if you want to do that.
Rooney is back with Washed Away and for fans of the band that have loved what Shwartzman did 6-10 years ago, this is a welcome release. If you’ve never listened to Rooney, this is actually a great place to start and work backwards. If you like great music, you’ll be into this.