The Wiwi Jury: Switzerland’s Sinplus With “Unbreakable”

Each week the Wiwi Jury—our team of music unprofessionals—reviews two to three Eurovision entries. Today we turn to Switzerland’s Sinplus. Check out our short takes below and then let us know what you think! Love, Wiwi

Wiwi: I’m slightly biased to like Sinplus—that’s brothers Ivan and Gabriel Broggini—because they gave Wiwi an awesome interview. But placing that aside, I love this song. It sounds like something you’d hear outside of the Eurovision arena—like, on a radio—and it gets me moving the moment the electro-guitar backing comes in. The boys need to work on their enunciation (it should be dream and not zrim or drim or whatever the hell they’re saying). But it’s got the feel-good factor and Wiwi can’t help but listen again and again.

Score: 8/10

Vebooboo: The Swiss sure do love their British indie pop, and I’m so pleased to see this song make it to Baku. First of all, the brothers are cutey-patootey. Secondly, they can actually sing. And finally, the lyrics are so uplifting…even if it’s sometimes difficult to understand exactly what they’re saying! Sinplus is pretty much ‘unbreakable’ in terms of their chances of making the Final. The Lovebugs got screwed over in 2009, but I sincerely hope that won’t happen again this year in Baku. Their on-stage performance will make or break the song. Hopefully they’ll do something memorable like Danish rockers A Friend in London did last year.

Score: 8/10

Meows: This is one of those awkward Eurovision songs that sound like it’s meant to be taken seriously. As such, we may try and judge the song based on its supposed artistic merits. But unfortunately when that happens, this song breaks to pieces…The lyrics are dull and shallow with lines such as, “Today is all allowed, a good vibe is in the crowd.” Um, lines like that should only be heard on the dance floor and written by the likes of Akon and T-Pain. And since when did the Swiss start speaking bad English in that weird Neanderthal slur? Perhaps the only thing that gives the song some qualifying potential is its crowd pleasing mainstream pop rock sound. There really isn’t much else going for it!

Score: 5/10

Deban: It is clear from the recent Swiss submissions that they are not out to bag the ESC crown. However, it has to be said that their 2012 entry is a respectable one. Think Bloc Party meets Suede. Sinplus are a singing brother duo who have churned out a great indie-rock track for Baku. Though not a winning number, it is highly admirable that songs like this are successful enough to win national selections, and get the opportunity to showcase at ESC. “Unbreakable” is a staunch reminder that the ESC contest isn’t just a pop fest. It has many facets, and this is the song that’ll please many alternative fans. As well as saving the ESC in general from a pop backlash, Sinplus provide great eye candy with a great anthem encouraging us all to follow our wildest dreams.

Score: 8.5/10

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 7.4/10

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