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MPAA Rating
Nothing But the Beat
Pop, EDM/Electronica/Techno
Peaked at No. 8.
Record Label
Virgin, EMI
September 27, 2011
Adam R. Holz
David Guetta

David Guetta

"Without You"

David Guetta may not be a household name in the United States just yet. But the list of artists this influential French electronica producer and DJ has collaborated with over the last few years reads like a who's who of the hip-hop and R&B worlds: Black Eyed Peas,, Fergie, LMFAO, Akon, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Ludacris, Taio Cruz, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Timbaland, Jessie J and Dev.

Now add Usher to that list. Or don't. Really, by the time you've listened to the two of them, on Guetta's single "Without You," tally up the losses faced by a man who's mournfully pining away in the wake of his beloved's departure, you'll be too mopey to want to keep score.

The lyrics do little more than catalog the catastrophic cost of loss: "I am lost/I will never be the same without you/ … I will never make it/ … I can't rest/ … I can't take one more sleepless night/ … If you're not here I'm paralyzed/ … I'm so blind."

This guy's in seriously sad shape—a point rammed home one last time in the final verse: "I've lost my heart, I lost my mind, without you, without you."

Melancholy and plaintive, this certainly is. But it's far more innocent than anything you'll find on the first two singles ("Where Them Girls At," featuring Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj and a parental advisory sticker) and "Little Bad Girl" (featuring Taio Cruz and Ludacris) from Guetta's latest album, Nothing But the Beat.