David Nail - "Red Light"
By: Liz Jungers
David Nail’s new single boasts a type of lyric subtlety not often heard on country radio—in fact, “Red Light” begs a second or third listen before revealing its full meaning. Here’s the gist: a girl breaks up with a guy, just like that, while sitting at a red light. He’s taken completely off-guard, head swimming in bewilderment. This lack of focus is intentionally translated into the lyrics and nicely echoed by the slightly distorted, jangly guitar-heavy chorus, shading “Red Light” a welcome gray in a format that is so often black and white (or red, white and blue).
It certainly creates a mood, and that’s what David Nail does best. Rather than a collection of singles, Nail’s forthcoming debut album works better as a soundtrack to a melancholy Sunday afternoon or a long-distance drive in the rain. Though likely too vibey and cerebral for country radio, “Red Light” is a strong representation of David Nail’s unique overall sound, deserving of its place in the country collective.
It is this week's iTunes Free Single Of The Week.