Love Without You (feat. Sheryl Crow)
Label: Capitol Records Nashville
'Tis better to have loved and lost, sayeth the bard Darius. And boy does Darius love -- on songs like "Shine" and "True Believers" the word comes to signify deep, passionate lifelong commitment -- but boy does he lose. "Miss You," for one, breaketh the listener's heart even more than similar tunes like Little Big Town's "Your Side of the Bed." In between, the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry offers thee enough pleasure -- both of romance (the bluegrass-leaning "Wagon Wheel") and of song (the funky "Radio") -- to ensure that this record is one of the year's most consistent and fulfilling.