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i am Fool / Press

“CD Review / Looking at the cover art, a hilarious take on Theodoor Rombouts', A Lute Player, it's obvious that I Am Fool has a sense of humor. It comes through brilliantly in the 10 songs on their debut album. Take a heavy dose of Tenacious D, a dash of Cake-style trumpet arrangements and the voice of Steven Page from Barenaked Ladies, and you've got the beginnings of what you'll hear. But just because a band knows how to make light of things like camel toes and a man with some swagger doesn't mean it sacrifices substance. With thick arrangements, layers of instrumental textures (thanks to the army of instruments Tamaralee Shutt surrounds herself with) and a few full-throttle guitar solos, the musical side doesn't slack. As for the lyrical side, the quips you'll catch the first time are just the start. Listen a few more times and you'll learn to appreciate I Am Fool's wise way with words. Aside from Shutt, the band also features J. Brazill, John Clark, Mike Sweeney and Reverend Ken.”