Imagine if you will………..The lovechild of David Bowie and Katy Perry ran away from home, met up with T-Pain in Miami, and moved to Brooklyn to lay down one of the most ridiculous party albums known to man, “The Last Thing I Heard before the Zombie Apocalypse”.
Cooney, a DC native now living in NYC, attended AMDA to study for Broadway shows and has also played in many professional Jazz bands. His trained voice seems even more at home belting out pop songs as he employs it’s crystal clear, cut through quality in wonderfully innovative ways. Sometimes notching it down a few octaves to fulfil the role of hype master Lil John, other times crooning like a pop hungry Jason Mraz.
Not since the likes of Prince has an artist burst out of the gates with such a fully realized, fresh signature sound. Sean Cooney spent years self-producing the 16 songs on his self-published album, locked up in his studio, compressing each kick and snare to sizzling perfection and embellishing every track with crisp synths and whimsical flourishes. It is hard to believe that the man himself played all the instruments.
Cooney’s greatest strength is his wild musical ear. Sure, his influences span the gamete of popular music from Queen to Andre 3000, but this young dude is more like a modern day Phil Spector; unafraid to try new things and unabashedly confident in his own unique musical vision. There is a wonderful balance of earnest sugary peppiness and fiery satire on the current state of pop culture. In the entertaining and campy “Party like a Kennedy” the lyrics are sung with mocking grace, while in the
lead off single “Brooklyn” the seriousness is again skirted through the grandiose delivery. The crazy thing is that Brooklyn hipsters, Justin Beiber and LMFAO fans will be bumping this CD for completely different reasons with the same level of enthusiasm.
Cooney allows his audience to build their own bridges across indie rock, hip hop and dance by dishing out undeniably good servings of each on top of deliciously well crafted songs. He has created one of the best pop albums of the year and an exceptional debut from a very gifted artist.