|This Pain - Personal
"This Pain" is from Matt Goss' CO*BRA project-album called "One". The album was a limited release in the US, therefore a collectors item. Matt released two singles: "The Key" & "Love Sweet Love". "This Pain" was recorded in 1997. It is said that the collaboration between Denise & Matt happened because of their tied friendship (they both were '80's icons and moved almost at the same time from the UK to the US, Los Angeles). Here's a personal review about "This Pain":
It's not a happy song, that's for sure. They need eachother, and there's nothing you can do about it!
The first thing you notice is Denise's, almost unrecognisable, low voice. At first I didn't notice too much difference comparing
Matt's voice with Denise's (sorry Denise). The only difference I heard in the beginning was that the voice on the left ear was far more stronger, so this had to be Denise. But what happened to her voice? Why did they make it as "low" as Matt's? Maybe the CO*BRA team did it on purpose, but it doesn't make the song prettier I'm afraid. Matt's voice is (like always) thin and unpleasant, while Denise's, influenced by sound-techniques or not, sounds (like always) outstanding!
The production of the song is bad and boring.
It isn't catchy at all, but looking at the lyrics it should be.
A typical album-filler.
Someone told me that the end of the song is a vocal competition between Matt and Denise. I agree. Only Matt is no Match...
The winner takes it all, and that'll be Denise.