Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from Vancouver (Canada) artist, Rich Chambers. The single, I’m A Fool For Lovin’ You, was released on January 27th 2023, and if you’re looking for a straight-up rock ’n’ roll song to put on repeat and dance the night away…this is the track for you!
We’ve previously reviewed a couple of tracks from Rich; You’re A Nice Guy But… and I Wonder, so it was a real pleasure to hear his music in our ears again today. You’re A Nice Guy But… is a superbly witty song about being relegated to the “friend zone.” Displaying that he’s a superb musician and songwriter, Chambers writes with a passion and earnestness that is refreshing and unique.
I’m A Fool starts confidently with a guitar tone and riff that set us in mind of ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love.’ As the song progresses, you’re treated to some infectious danceable good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll. There are parts of the song that will draw comparisons to Georgia Satellites or Chubby Checker.
Chambers’ raspy vocals carry the track perfectly. Chambers perfects Canadian rock-style vocals. We’ve drawn comparisons to Tragically Hip and Bryan Adams in previous listens. This track is powerful and with everything he’s got thrown at the mic throughout, this is a truly passionate and engaging performance.
The choruses are brought to life with the addition of a tambourine, extra vocals and keys. We’re not sure if we heard honky-tonk piano or whether we just imagined it, but either way, this song just has that dancehall feel to it and you can’t take your ears away for a second!
The guitar solo is spot on for this style of music, sitting on a single note just long enough to really tantalise the listener before moving into a simple but highly effective bluesy riff-led solo with some gorgeous fuzz guitar incidentals.
A breakdown with toms and bass makes for a particular highlight in the track which builds euphorically back into another huge chorus and a fade out to the end. If you’re not dancing by now, we really can’t help you!
Ideas from our ears
A boost around 60Hz would give more thump punch to the kick drum. A high shelf boost in the top octave would bring out the brighter aspects of the drums and extra percussion too. There is a slight resonance on the top snare mic at around 230Hz so a careful surgical cut here could help it to fit a little better. To our ears, there were some occasional ‘boxy’ peaks in the lead vocal so a cut around 500-550Hz could help bring them under control. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
We just love Rich Chambers! His music is infectiously positive and incredibly catchy. We’ll be humming this, his latest release, for days! Highly recommended.