Having been a big fan of the Los Angeles-based band Rooney since their second album, Calling the World (2007). With its piano-based pop the band felt extremely classy with classic 70s influences, and also in a fresh and innovative way. Even the subsequent Eureka (2010), which was released independently, was very nice, although it did not really come up in the same class.
This fourth album, which now can be seen as a solo project by Robert Schwartzman, gives once again a large dose of classical and warm LA pop, but in a slightly more electronic format. This is quite in order as this kind of pop has been the latest trend and Robert is nothing but a very good song maker that knows how to sound. Unfortunately, Washed Away is a rather bumpy history with a number of stable power-pop pearls like "Why" and "Come On Baby", but mostly very getting pretty bland indie pop. Have you listened to the album a number of weeks, but unfortunately I have to say that it’s doesn’t grab me at all. This is a shame as it has the plenty of potential in terms of style, but without any good songs it’s hard even if you delivers warm LA power-pop.
John Mellencamp was never comfortable with the fact that he had changed his name to the stage name ´Johnny Cougar´. However, his success made it difficult to change back, so in the 80s he became the hybrid John Cougar Mellencamp.