August 24, 2009 12:00 PM

I’m About to Come Alive |


“Don’t give up on me/ I’m about to come alive,” sings David Nail on the title-track highlight of his country debut. And the singer makes good on that promise with a rewarding set that showcases his soulful, nuanced vocals. The CD kicks off with “Mississippi,” a wistful, bluesy ballad, and ends with “Missouri,” on which Nail, reflecting on the pain he’s caused a lover, pronounces his home state like “misery.” Meanwhile, on the aching single “Red Light,” a relationship comes to an abrupt stop.

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