David Nail is an artist who hasn’t had the most consistent success with his singles. The man has three top-ten singles under his belt, with “Let It Rain” topping the charts in 2011, and “Whatever She’s Got” getting to number 1 on the Country Airplay in 2013. But in between each top ten is a single release that didn’t clip the top 20. You can listen to his albums and tell that David Nail has the desire to make good music and not rely completely on mainstream trends. With Nail gearing up for a new album release, he’s dropped his first single from the forthcoming record with “Night’s on Fire.”
You can sort of guess what this song consists of: it’s a trendy song about nighttime love. Nail is driving his lady around on a Friday night until she’s ready to pull over and steam up the windows. Writers Jonathan Singleton and Deric Ruttan do offer more descriptions of the night than what you’d find in a Florida Georgia Line song with lines like: “Sunset melts all the blue away, blackbird watching on the telephone wire” or “River of stars close enough to touch.” The other good thing you could say about the song is that there’s no mention of the cornfield or backwoods, per say. The only description of the location we have is “off the highway.” The production, however, relies a bit too much on the modern trends. Firstly, I find the “oh oh oh’s” throughout the song to be quite obnoxious. It gives the song a heavy pop feel and reminds me quite a bit of Hunter Hayes’ “21.” Toss in a second verse that adds in overproduced musical effects behind Nail’s vocals and “Night’s on Fire” becomes a full-fledged pop song.
“Night’s on Fire” just sounds too familiar and too unoriginal. There’s a bit more effort in the writing to describe the night more than what’s happening in the parked truck off the highway, but the song is very much another anthem about hooking up with someone in the truck on a summer Friday night. Nail’s vocals are good here, and he sings the song well enough to relay the passion and excitement back to listener. However, it’s just not enough to make an overdone story sound fresh. “Night’s on Fire” is just too common a song. Hopefully it’s only an attention gainer for his album.