David Nail – “Let It Rain”

After signing two different record deals with UMG Nashville, David Nail broke through with his third career single “Red Light” and followed that up with Top 20 hit in “Turning Home.  Will country music gatekeepers let David Nail’s hit parade continue with “Let It Rain?”

“Let It Rain” isn’t up to the standards of the three songs I mentioned, but it’s still a cut above. It’s a fairly standard “too late to turn around” song placed at the tail end of a relationship, and the first verse includes some interesting details like “me and my pile of things that she threw out the window” and “7 years of good can’t hide the one night I forgot to wear that ring”. Nail has a strong, soulful voice that emphasizes the chorus in all the right spots: “Let it rain, let it pour / If she don’t love me anymore”. Unfortunately, the hook doesn’t seem to tie in too well to the rest of the song — there’s no other “rain” motif anywhere else — but Nail’s impeccable vocal is enough to compensate. If you’ll pardon the pun, he nails it. (Sarah Buxton’s backing vocal, though drowned out on most of the song, is worth a mention as well.) 

David Nail is one of those rare artists who managed to come back after a false start. “Red Light” and “Turning Home” weren’t #1 hits, but top 10 and top 20 aren’t bad showings by any means. Although not his best single release, “Let It Rain” still does enough right that it should give another hit to a comeback kid who really deserves it. To swipe a line from Luke Bryan, “Rain” is a good thing.

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