Daley ‘Until the Pain is Gone’ | Track Review
British R&B singer Daley, assisted by Jill Scott, make a formidable team on “Until the Pain is Gone,” a single from Daley’s sophomore LP, The Spectrum.
Underrated. That’s the best way to describe Daley. Despite being underrated, Daley is an extremely talented artist. Vocally, he has mad chops. Unfortunately, stateside, the British R&B singer didn’t get a lot of commercial buzz with his 2014 debut album, Days & Nights. Nonetheless, he’s back, assisted by neo-soul chanteuse Jill Scott on single, “Until the Pain is Gone.” “Pain” serves as the promo single from his sophomore album, The Spectrum [BMG Rights Management].
“Until the Pain is Gone” initiates lushly, showcasing its urban identity from the onset. There’s an old school vibe, yet that vibe is refreshing because it’s more rarity as opposed to the dominant flavor. Before any lyrics are sung, the listener gets a good sense of the love-oriented script.
Daley, expectedly, delivers an authentic, emotional vocal. On the first verse, he delivers his ‘song and dance’ about the plight that is love.
“…In this world where love is prone to lose / Still I’m ready to give this thing a try / But how do I give to someone / Who wants what they can’t have?”
He wants this – to be with her – but it’s not easy. This sentiment is nailed on the chorus, sung by Daley the first go-round. Jill Scott duets with him on successive iterations.
“So, if you need love, say it / I know that you feel it but, I can’t / Keep holding on and on and on / I need to know that I’m the one / Yeah ‘cause I know that you get lonely / So show me the things you’re scared to show me / We can go on and on and on / ‘Til the pain is gone.”
Jill Scott arrives for the second verse, giving her side of love’s hardships. Again, like Daley, she wants this, but she still has her own share of reservations.
“…I’ve just been so cynical baby / So, can you convince me, change my mind? / We can leave all those demon days behind / ‘Cause, didn’t I mention / I have nothing but good intentions for you?”
All in all, Daley and Jill Scott make a formidable team. Listening to “Until the Pain is Gone” isn’t the least big painful. Sure, no new ground is broken here – love problems have existed forever – but, it’s a pleasure to listen to two artists of this caliber on one track. Not the year’s most poetic song, but it gets the job done without a doubt.