Robert Schwartzman | Double Capricorn | Rating: 8.5/11 |
The pop sensibilities of Rooney have always been foot-tapping head-bobbing finger-licking good and Rooney frontman Robert Schwartzman’s first solo effort, Double Capricorn, proves he’s not only matured but mastered the ways of pop songwriting.
Double Capricorn falls just shy of 36 minutes and while heavily influenced in the ways of 80s synth (think Toto “Hold The Line”), Robert’s melodies and lyrics bring the songs and album to life. “Someone 2 Love” maintains a delightful pace, catchy chorus, and infectious rhythm. “I Know Why” could’ve been a b-side from French indie-rockers Phoenix. The melodic delivery on “Funny Money” will remind everyone why we fell in love with Robert’s vocal stylings on Rooney’s self-titled album. And if you’re not already dancing, “Love Is All Around” will get your booty-shaking with it’s disco era-esque bass groove and overall rhythm.
Often times when artists break away from their band to record a solo album you come to realize the magic was in the band as a whole. That’s not the case here! Robert Schwartzman has released a captivating album of well-written and well-delivered pop songs that show Robert’s musical growth since his first appearance on the scene. This won’t be the last we hear from him.