|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Tuesday, July 31, 2007 |
( 7/31/2007 01:46:00 PM ) Bill S.
"I DON'T LIKE PUBLIC AFFECTION; IT BELONGS IN THE BEDROOM!" – With all the writing on Vanguard folkstuff & sixties rock that's been appearing on this blog, you might well ask if this proprietor has been listening to anything that's, oh, new to this century. Welp, I have, of course, and the disc that's been getting the most play in my study this week is Rooney's sophomore release, Calling the World, a keen li'l power-pop disc in the tradition of Gadabout faves like Jellyfish or OKGo, especially in the way that singer/songwriter Robert Schwartzman is able to take elements of prog rock that I'd normally find yucky – and make 'em sing in the service of a crisp pop-rock tune. A step up from the band's debut disc and definitely recommended, particularly if you can find it at a new release bargain price in one of them big warehouse stores.
Now excuse me while I go back to working on a review of the Weavers' Vanguard retrospective . . .