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The very title Fighter suggests David Nail is defiant, a trait it has in common with its 2014 predecessor I'm a Fire. This 2016 album also opens with a bit of fury, as Nail taps into the calamitous stomp of the Lumineers for the opening "Good at Tonight," but that's about as noisy as the record gets, as much of Fighter mines a sentimental vein. Nail is suited for such emotions. Not a forceful singer but also not a featherweight, his easy touch sounds best on ballads, where he never seems to be trading in cheap emotions. Certainly, Fighter gives him plenty of opportunity to lay back -- it's not just the ballads, although there are many of those, but there are slick midtempo pop tunes that showcase his mellow delivery. At times, Fighter proceeds so softly, it can recall the heyday of sensitive singer/songwriters: "Babies" evokes the gentle touch of James Taylor, while "Old Man's Symphony" plays like a sequel to Dan Fogelberg's "Leader of the Band." Both songs highlight the shifting tides of generations, a topic that underscores how sticky Nail's emotions can get, but fortunately Fighter often explores interpersonal territory, offering songs of heartbreak and devotion. Nail excels at both emotions: his habit of underselling his delivery accentuates the underlying feelings in the songs, turning the record into something quiet and insinuating. Fighter doesn't command attention but if it's given attention, it is seductive, even compelling: a mature, confident record from a singer who sees no reason to grandstand.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2016
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0602547873095
catalogNumber: 002498902
Rank: 166995

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Nail   Primary Artist
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Sam Levine   Saxophone
Chris McHugh   Percussion,Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
John Osborne   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Mike Rojas   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Glenn Worf   Bass
Chris Carmichael   Strings
Derek Wells   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Roy Agee   Trombone
Lori McKenna   Background Vocals
Bill Woodworth   Oboe
Jerry Roe   Bass
Chris Coleman   Bass,Percussion,Trumpet,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Sarah Buxton   Background Vocals
Bear Rinehart   Background Vocals
Bo Rinehart   Background Vocals
Jonathan Singleton   Guitar,Background Vocals
Abe Stoklasa   Background Vocals
Reed Pittman   Piano
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Todd Lombardo   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Logan Brill   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Marc Beeson   Composer
Barry Dean   Composer
Chris McHugh   Programming
John Osborne   Composer
Glenn Worf   Producer
Chris Carmichael   String Arrangements
Chuck Ainlay   Producer,Engineer
Mike McCarthy   Engineer
Deric Ruttan   Composer
Frank Liddell   Producer
Lori McKenna   Composer
Karen Naff   Art Direction
David Nail   Composer,Art Direction
Troy Verges   Composer
Dave Barnes   Composer
Lee Thomas Miller   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Jonathan Singleton   Composer
Jesse Frasure   Composer
Scooter Carusoe   Composer
Abe Stoklasa   Composer
Eric Masse   Engineer
Neil B. Young   Engineer

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