Diamond Rio’s sixth studio album was released nearly three full years after Unbelievable had dropped at retail stores. To bridge the gap between the projects, the lead single “Stuff” was released in 2000. Admittedly not one of their better efforts, “Stuff” was planned to be the title track of the band’s forthcoming album. Stalling at #36 on the charts, its relative failure came on the heels of another under-performing single, 1999’s “I Know How The River Feels” which topped out at #33. As a result, the planned album was retooled somewhat, which possibly explains the lengthy period between albums.
The band’s next radio effort, “One More Day” did much better. Released in October 2000, it gained in popularity following the February 2001 death of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, and eventually reached #1. Later that year, the wistful, bittersweet tune which is my all-time favorite Diamond Rio song, enjoyed a resurgence in popularity following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It was the band’s first #1 since 1997’s “How Your Love Makes Me Feel”, and as a result of its success, “One More Day” supplanted “Stuff” as the title track of the new album.
One More Day was finally released in June 2001. The band shared production duties with Mike Clute, as they had done for their past few albums. The result was a somewhat more contemporary song selection, as well as more prominent harmony vocals, which are used to great effect on “The Love Of A Woman” and the excellent bluegrass-flavored “Hearts Against The Wind”. The latter is my favorite cut on the album after the title track. Also noteworthy is “I’m Trying”, (not to be confused with the Trace Adkins song of the same title), on which the guys are joined by Chely Wright.
Unfortunately, the rest of the album is mostly generic and forgettable. The Skip Ewing and Bob DiPiero-penned “You Make Me Feel” is particularly disappointing. Skip Ewing is one of my favorite songwriters but this certainly qualifies as one of his poorer efforts. “Sweet Summer”, which was the follow-up single to “One More Day” is badly marred by an introduction featuring a young child singing an off-key rendition of “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” from the musical Oklahoma!, which was thankfully omitted from the radio edit.
The success of the title track notwithstanding, One More Day marks the beginning of Diamond Rio’s commercial decline. “Sweet Summer” failed to capitalize on the title track’s success, peaking at #18, while the energetic but fluffy “That’s Just That” became the first Diamond Rio single to fail to crack the Top 40, leveling off at #42. Though the band would go on to enjoy two more #1s from their next album, they would never again crack the Top 10 after that. One More Day did reach #5 on the album chart, making it Diamond Rio’s highest charting entry on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart up to that time. It failed to reach platinum-level sales, but it did earn gold certification, as both IV and Unbelievable had done. Though it is a somewhat uneven collection, it is worth buying, if only for the track “I’m Trying” which is not available for individual download.
Inexpensive copies can be purchased from Amazon.