The Sound of a Million Dreams

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Considering the chart life of "Let It Rain," the pre-release single from David Nail's sophomore album The Sound of a Million Dreams, it's curious to note that it's not the best song here. Co-produced by Chuck Ainlay and Frank Liddell, the album's sound feels more "live"; it's easy to hear these songs as concert entries. Nail wrote or co-wrote three tracks here, including the single, but it's the other cuts that have more impact -- at least musically. Lyrically almost everything is well inside the strict confines of contemporary country subject matter -- as evidenced by the opener, "Grandpa's Farm." To be fair, despite its truly awful words, the track feels more like a tough,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Considering the chart life of "Let It Rain," the pre-release single from David Nail's sophomore album The Sound of a Million Dreams, it's curious to note that it's not the best song here. Co-produced by Chuck Ainlay and Frank Liddell, the album's sound feels more "live"; it's easy to hear these songs as concert entries. Nail wrote or co-wrote three tracks here, including the single, but it's the other cuts that have more impact -- at least musically. Lyrically almost everything is well inside the strict confines of contemporary country subject matter -- as evidenced by the opener, "Grandpa's Farm." To be fair, despite its truly awful words, the track feels more like a tough, funky, bluesy Southern R&B groover. If Delaney & Bonnie were recording in the 21st century (and trying to make money), they might sound something like this. The backing vocals by Joanna Cotton and Kim Parent make the refrains soar, and gritty piano by Chuck Leavell, Doug Pettibone's knotty guitar, and Glenn Worf's in-the-cut bassline don't hurt either. It does contain the requisite CC banjo, but the song rocks more than it rolls, and the emotional expressiveness in Nail's voice sells it. Keith Urban and Vernon Rust's "Desiree" grabs just enough from '70s-era Fleetwood Mac to contrast with Nail's vocal. Again, it's the backing vocals -- Sarah Buxton and Chris Rodriguez -- that carry the song's hooky chorus into the stratosphere. The big surprise is "She Rides Away," which begins as a shimmering ballad but erupts into a full-blown country-rock paean to lost love. Nail's firmly committed to its lyric and the band just brings it all. Nail co-wrote "Let It Rain," and it works because Leavell's brilliant B-3 and Wurlitzer work and Buxton's backing vocal fill out the song's rather sketchy, de rigueur melody. When you add Nail's voice, it gets depth and soul. The set closes strong, too. "That's How I'll Remember You" begins slowly, but picks up steam with canny production and has to be the first country song to mention Brooklyn, New York nostalgically. The title track -- and second single -- directly channels Bruce Springsteen musically, and goes so far as to admit it by name-checking the Boss' "Born to Run" and Bob Seger's "Main Street." He also name-checks Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" to come full circle. Nail's "Catherine," the closer, is the best evidence of his songwriting prowess and showcases his voice unrestricted. It's one of the best things here. There is no sophomore jinx on The Sound of a Million Dreams. Musically and sonically it's well above average, even if there are three generic cuts in the middle that keep it from rising to the next level.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 602527850764
  • Catalog Number: 001622002
  • Sales rank: 13,762

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Grandpa's Farm (4:21)
  2. 2 Songs For Sale (3:44)
  3. 3 Desiree (4:52)
  4. 4 She Rides Away (4:36)
  5. 5 Let It Rain - Sarah Buxton (4:59)
  6. 6 I Thought You Knew (3:42)
  7. 7 Catch You While I Can (4:23)
  8. 8 Half Mile Hill (4:19)
  9. 9 That's How I'll Remember You (4:58)
  10. 10 The Sound of a Million Dreams (3:55)
  11. 11 Catherine (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Nail Primary Artist
Dan Dugmore Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar
Randy Leago Sitar
Chuck Leavell Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
George Marinelli Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf Bass
Chris Carmichael Strings
Jon Randall Background Vocals
Lee Ann Womack Background Vocals
Fred Eltringham Percussion, Drums
Doug Pettibone Electric Guitar
Jeff Roach Synthesizer, Keyboards, Mellotron, Synthesizer Piano, Hammond B3
Kim Parent Background Vocals
Will Hoge Background Vocals
Joanna Cotten Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bazouki, national steel guitar
Hillary Lindsey Background Vocals
Sarah Buxton Background Vocals
Chris Rodriguez Background Vocals
Daniel Tashien Background Vocals
Mike Henderson Background Vocals
Madison Cain Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Monty Powell Composer
Glenn Worf Producer
Billy Montana Composer
Chuck Ainlay Producer, Engineer
Keith Urban Composer
Vernon Rust Composer
Mark Selby Composer
Tia Sillers Composer
Phil Vassar Composer
Frank Liddell Producer
Shane McAnally Composer
Dave Haywood Composer
David Nail Composer
Adam Hood Composer
Jedd Hughes Composer
Rick Brantley Composer
Brent Cobb Composer
Jonathan Singleton Composer
Charles Kelley Composer
Scooter Carusoe Composer
Brandy Clark Composer
Jeff Krones Booking
Phil Barton Composer
Jess Rosen Legal Counsel
Eric Paslay Composer
Jason Saenz Composer
Stan Barnett Booking
Brandon Schaxnayder Engineer, Additional Music
Brian Wolf Management
Madeleine Slate Composer
Stew Whitmore Digital Editing
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