Daniel Bedingfield’s “Gotta Get Thru This” is a dance song about longing for someone, and trying to make it through while that person is away. This song became a big pop hit in the United States back in 2002, and in my opinion, this is one of the best dance songs to come out that year. This review focuses on the Australian CD pressing of this single.
“Gotta Get Thru This” uses a lot of vocal processing, but I don’t feel that this detracts from the song; in fact, I think that it really adds some character to the song. The effect also helps to make the song memorable.
Unfortunately, when this single was released in Australia, some of the tracks were mislabeled. This review will point out which tracks were mislabeled and what those tracks are supposed to be.
The first track on the disc is the “Radio Edit”; this was the version that was played on the radio. In other words, if you’ve ever heard “Gotta Get Thru This” on the radio, then you’ve heard this version of the song.
The second track, labeled as “D’N’D Full Length Version,” is actually the “Original Version.” It is a longer version of the “Radio Edit,” and has a longer introduction; also, from where the “Radio Edit” fades out, the chorus repeats with a variation in the music, then the verse repeats, then the chorus again.
The third track, labeled as “Stella Browne Vocal Mix,” is actually the “D’N’D Full Length Version.” This mix uses a rather similar bassline to the original, but the background “bom bom bom” vocals are higher up in the mix. Also, this mix constantly cuts out the vocals from “When your love is pouring like the rain…” to where the chorus kicks in. Overall, this is a decent remix, but I wish the lyrics had been left intact.
The final track, the “Stella Browne Vocal Mix” (but labeled as “Original Version” on the disc) uses very different music; no trace of the original bassline can be heard. Also, there is no processing on the vocals that were used for this mix. While I like how the mix sounds, I feel it is a little long; I wish an edit of this mix had been put on the single instead.
Even with its faults, I still like this single. I would definitely recommend it to a Daniel Bedingfield collector, and perhaps even to someone who only knows or likes the song “Gotta Get Thru This” and doesn’t want to purchase the entire album. Unfortunately, since this single is over 10 years old, it will probably be harder to come across. I would recommend looking around at various websites that sell music and trying to find the best deal you can for it.
I wrote this review after listening to a copy of the “Gotta Get Thru This” single that my husband and I purchased.
(written by Lesley Aeschliman on November 15, 2002)