If you’re looking for a sturdy, hearty rock and country piece of music to blast for your next road trip, search no more. “Nightly Suicide” by RJ Comer is a collection of six songs that are impossible not to like. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t typically listen to country, like myself, you can enjoy this release.
Two words that come to mind when I try to describe this album are “gritty” and “solid”. This album is gritty because the songs often feature a dirty lead guitar to dress the backbeat with melodies and solos. This album is also solid because each of the songs typically has the same instruments and this keeps a consistency throughout the album. RJ Comer’s voice is folksier than it is country, and I think that’s what sets this album apart from the typical country that we often think of. Comer’s unique voice is also what draws in people who don’t typically listen to country. Most of the music on this release has more of a “badass” theme rather than a typical sentimental or emotional theme like other country music. Everyone should consider this album even if they don’t usually listen to this genre.
“Nightly Suicide” opens up with a track entitled “Steppin’ Down”. This track is a solid song that has an anthem feel to it. The guitar solos make the statement of the track much more powerful and evident. While this song has overwhelming power, it still maintains the integrity of being danceable and easy to listen to. The next track is the title track of the album, “Nightly Suicide”. This song has the classic RJ Comer feel to it, but this track has more of a spooky, thoughtful mood. I say this because there’s much more sustain and dark effects on the instruments that invoke thought in the listener. I would say that this track is the most memorable of the release.
“Losing What You’re Losing” is the third track on this album and it slowly transitions down to a slower, more emotional theme. The same elements of the whole album remain, but there is minimal distorted guitar and more clean guitar to add a softer effect.
The next track, “The Moon Ain’t Fallen on Me Yet” picks back up the aggressive aspect of RJ Comer’s music, but it’s a little more stripped down than the other tracks. Most of the song features only vocals and guitars, with a few moments of full band contribution. This song is definitely more about the lyrics and I believe that the stripping down of the track forces the listener to pay attention to the words more. “One Day” has a classic feel to it. The intro guitar and vocal riff are very memorable and the rest of the track is super solid. This song brings the album back to the original RJ Comer feel with the full band, distorted effects, and badass elements.
The final track, “Ex’s & Oh’s” closes the album with a seductive and powerful track. The driving rhythm of the drums and bass make the song very danceable and the guitars give a finishing touch to everything. This is a very interesting way to end the album because it doesn’t have that classic RJ Comer sound that is found in the first handful of tracks, but it’s still enjoyable and is a perfect album closer.
Overall, I give this album an 8/10. The production quality is great, the song writing is solid, and the style is very unique. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone because it’s diverse and appeals to a wide demographic.