The Sound of a Million Dreams

The Sound of a Million Dreams

by David NailDavid Nail




Considering the chart life of "Let It Rain," the pre-release single from David Nail's sophomore album The Sound of a Million Dreams, it's curious to note that it's not the best song here. Co-produced by Chuck Ainlay and Frank Liddell, the album's sound feels more "live"; it's easy to hear these songs as concert entries. Nail wrote or co-wrote three tracks here, including the single, but it's the other cuts that have more impact -- at least musically. Lyrically almost everything is well inside the strict confines of contemporary country subject matter -- as evidenced by the opener, "Grandpa's Farm." To be fair, despite its truly awful words, the track feels more like a tough, funky, bluesy Southern R&B groover. If Delaney & Bonnie were recording in the 21st century (and trying to make money), they might sound something like this. The backing vocals by Joanna Cotton and Kim Parent make the refrains soar, and gritty piano by Chuck Leavell, Doug Pettibone's knotty guitar, and Glenn Worf's in-the-cut bassline don't hurt either. It does contain the requisite CC banjo, but the song rocks more than it rolls, and the emotional expressiveness in Nail's voice sells it. Keith Urban and Vernon Rust's "Desiree" grabs just enough from '70s-era Fleetwood Mac to contrast with Nail's vocal. Again, it's the backing vocals -- Sarah Buxton and Chris Rodriguez -- that carry the song's hooky chorus into the stratosphere. The big surprise is "She Rides Away," which begins as a shimmering ballad but erupts into a full-blown country-rock paean to lost love. Nail's firmly committed to its lyric and the band just brings it all. Nail co-wrote "Let It Rain," and it works because Leavell's brilliant B-3 and Wurlitzer work and Buxton's backing vocal fill out the song's rather sketchy, de rigueur melody. When you add Nail's voice, it gets depth and soul. The set closes strong, too. "That's How I'll Remember You" begins slowly, but picks up steam with canny production and has to be the first country song to mention Brooklyn, New York nostalgically. The title track -- and second single -- directly channels Bruce Springsteen musically, and goes so far as to admit it by name-checking the Boss' "Born to Run" and Bob Seger's "Main Street." He also name-checks Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" to come full circle. Nail's "Catherine," the closer, is the best evidence of his songwriting prowess and showcases his voice unrestricted. It's one of the best things here. There is no sophomore jinx on The Sound of a Million Dreams. Musically and sonically it's well above average, even if there are three generic cuts in the middle that keep it from rising to the next level.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2011
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0602527850764
catalogNumber: 001622002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Nail   Primary Artist
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar
Randy Leago   Sitar
Chuck Leavell   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
George Marinelli   Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Chris Carmichael   Strings
Jon Randall   Background Vocals
Lee Ann Womack   Background Vocals
Fred Eltringham   Percussion,Drums
Doug Pettibone   Electric Guitar
Jeff Roach   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Mellotron,Synthesizer Piano,Hammond B3
Kim Parent   Background Vocals
Will Hoge   Background Vocals
Joanna Cotten   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Bazouki,national steel guitar
Hillary Lindsey   Background Vocals
Sarah Buxton   Background Vocals
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Daniel Tashien   Background Vocals
Mike Henderson   Background Vocals
Madison Cain   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Monty Powell   Composer
Glenn Worf   Producer
Billy Montana   Composer
Chuck Ainlay   Producer,Engineer
Keith Urban   Composer
Vernon Rust   Composer
Mark Selby   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Phil Vassar   Composer
Frank Liddell   Producer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Dave Haywood   Composer
David Nail   Composer
Adam Hood   Composer
Jedd Hughes   Composer
Rick Brantley   Composer
Brent Cobb   Composer
Jonathan Singleton   Composer
Charles Kelley   Composer
Scooter Carusoe   Composer
Brandy Clark   Composer
Jeff Krones   Booking
Phil Barton   Composer
Jess Rosen   Legal Counsel
Eric Paslay   Composer
Jason Saenz   Composer
Stan Barnett   Booking
Brandon Schaxnayder   Engineer,Additional Music
Brian Wolf   Management
Madeleine Slate   Composer

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