I’m a Fire by David Nail
Golden-voiced David Nail is one of those rare singers who sounds comfortable singing just about anything, so it’s to his credit that he deals in more hefty material on his third album, I’m a Fire.
Lead single “Whatever She’s Got”—already a No. 1 hit—actually feels like the outlier: The relentlessly upbeat track, spiked with banjo and a drum loop, has more in common with FGL’s “Cruise” than David’s hits like “Red Light,” but it’s still pretty hard to deny.
The rest of I’m a Fire plays up David’s strengths in moody mid-tempos, slow-burning soul and spacious, chiming arrangements. “Burnin’ Bed” reveals intriguing fragments of a tryst (tangled, vodka, midnight, can’t stay, taxi, good night), while death and regret hover around “The Secret,” a mournful tale of an old affair.
At times the slower tempos make the album feel longer than it actually is, but it’s never dull. The title track, a rousing love song with guitars that recall The Rolling Stones and U2, does up-tempo right.
Then there’s the pristine cover of Glen Campbell’s “Galveston” with Lee Ann Womack, which closes the album. It’s a perfect fit for David’s magnificent voice, and a straight line drawn back to another guy who could sing anything.