‘Still Here’ builds on the foundations of Rooney’s earlier works but takes it to a whole new level, where anybody, anywhere has to admit that this is indeed a classy album.
Rooney has now worked with two most celebrated producers, Kevin ‘Caveman’ Shirley and Mitch Easter, for a total body of work of four albums.
The first two produced by Easter and the latter by Shirley, demonstrating on each release a more universally engaging sound with wonderful songs, each telling a story that is highly emotive lyrically with a beautiful catchy melody.
In the song writing duties Rooney continues to co-write with his trusted Lonelyheart Tom Watson and his old pal Kenny Miller, but it is the inclusion of Georgie Johnston and Stuart Fraser that rounds off a ‘Brill building’ office approach, all under Rooney’s vision and direction.
On all of the songs the players emotionally connect to Rooney’s sensibility to deliver some of their best work. Completing Rooney’s creative process, Kevin Shirley’s production has done it once again, with tantalising results.