We’re always excited to see Rob Lea hit the top of our reviews pile, so today is a good day at the Send Me Your Ears studio. We’ve previously reviewed his tracks Freak and Summer In The Morning and today he’s back with a new single, Time Of My Life.
Time Of My Life is released today (11 November 2022) and is a positive and upbeat indie rock/easy listening track that just bounced around our ears and made us smile.
Starting with just strummed guitar and some very close and intimate vocals, Time Of My Life has a real Robbie Williams Old Before I Die feel to it. Lea’s vocals are similar on this occasion to Robbie WIlliams, and the positivity and confidence ooze from his mouth. With wonderful pitching and an unaffected performance, we love how close and intimate the vocals are here. You can hear every breath sound and you will find yourself warming to Rob Lea immediately. As someone who performs regularly as Freddie Mercury in a Queen tribute band, his voice is, as you would expect, of star quality.
As the song progresses, it builds nicely. Firstly with the addition of a kick drum, but then with extra guitars and layers. The song has a “real” feel to it – almost a live-off-the-floor performance.
We noticed some beautiful stereo toms work in places in the track and at times there’s so much happening that you can’t help but be swept along in a euphoric whirlwind of positivity.
There’s a fantastic A Cappella section that builds and builds back into a final chorus and a confident “I’ll Be Fine” lyric at the end.
Lyrically, we could have picked almost any line to reference as a display of quality. From “I’d rather be the one who smokes, who drinks, who stinks” to our favourite “I’ve had enough of living like this, I’m sick of people taking the risks” that leads you in a different direction to what you may perhaps have expected.
To our ears, some extra thickness and fullness could be achieved with a fairly wide boost centred around 120Hz. A dip centred around 1100Hz would reduce some slightly ‘honky’ tones in the vocal track. Finally, a high shelf boost right across the top three octaves with an additional boost around 3.5-4kHz would add to the presence and definition in the track overall, particularly it would help make the vocals clearer during the fuller sounding parts of the song.
This is such a superb burst of positive catchy energy that we simply can’t wait to hear what this talented UK artist comes up with next.