Last night the Wiwi Jury–our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals–headed to Spain to get down on some paella and to review Brequette and her song Más (Run). Did her performance leave us breathless with its beauty? Or did we feel that it went on (and on..and on…)? Read on to find out.
Deban: This year’s lungbuster. Brequette could divide her voice in quarters, and still be mightily successful with only a fraction of her vocal talent. She had me on the first beat, and by the time she ferried me to the bridge, I was sold. Very much in the style of Dianna Warren, Brequette teams up with Tomas G:Son and Tony Sanchez. Fortunately, “Run” avoids the cheesy factor of “Waterfall“. Instead, it cascades on a wave of flight and sophistication.
Angus: I want menos ingles and más español after listening to Breuqette’s track! She sounds awkward and uncomfortable on the English sections but there’s a fortitude to the song when it’s left in Spanish. It adds a lot more emotion and intention to ‘Más (Run)’ and gives the song some intensity and electricity. If this were all Spanish I’d be more forgiving.
Katie: I love it! I was impressed from the first second! This song screams fabulous, and Brequette’s voice is amazing. She reminds me of Emeli Sande, and she changes languages from English to Spanish in a way that Destan can only envy. The song is the perfect example of a great Eurovision ballad, and I could honestly see it getting a great score in Copenhagen.
Anthony: When I heard that Thomas G:son is composing Brequette’s entry, I immediately thought “She could be the one to watch”. It turns out that I was right all along. He has clearly made an instant impact with this brilliant Rihanna-esque entry. I also love the fact it’s a bilingual entry of Spanish and English, something that Spain hasn’t given us for a while. Thomas G:son worked wonders with Pastora Soler in 2012. Maybe he’ll work for Brequette, too.
Padraig: Brequette is just one letter away from being Briquette, a common home heating fuel. Which is handy, because it makes a good metaphor for my feelings towards Run. Briquettes have the potential to be hot, hot, hot, but without that initial spark to start the fire, they’re kinda useless. Now, I don’t mean to say that Brequette is useless, far from it, but she is missing that spark. Currently she’s only smouldering. Like Angus, I blame the English. If she ditched it, we’d potentially be dealing with a blazing inferno.
Zach: When I first saw the list of artists in the Spanish national final, I didn’t have any clue who Brequette was and expected a forgettable song, boy was I WRONG! This song is literally the best chance I’ve seen for Spain to reclaim glory at Eurovision since the tragically underrated Pastora. This girl can belt, wail, and still manage to add a little taste of soul and sass into her singing. The Spanglish is handled brilliantly, and the song is memorable to the highest degree. I think I’m in love right now. I know everyone’s gaga for Ruth, but I really hope they send Brequette, easily in the top 5, and dare I say, maybe a trip to España in 2015? Arriba!!
Sami: I love this so much. I love her voice, I love how the song grows and the combination of English and Spanish works quite well. I really think this could do very well in Copenhagen and I would love to see this win! One of the best songs from the national selections this year so far.
Daphne: Hello, Brequette! Where have you been all my life? I’m immediately blown away by the power of this lady’s voice. If I close my eyes and imagine her performing this in Copenhagen…the roof falls down because her voice is so overpowering. I always have a big thing for songs that switch between multiple languages, and Spanish/English is quite the smooth combination. I like the transitions between the more explosive parts of the song and the calm introspective sections. The song stays in your head, which is (as we all know) an important aspect of a good ESC-song. I’m a fan.
Patrick: What can I say. It’s perfect for Eurovision. This mixture of English & Spanish is a great move and makes this song unique. She has the strongest and best voice of the NF. Once you listen to the song the chorus remains in your heart…forever. She sings it with such ease. With the high notes she gave me goosebumps and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Please Brequette: “Run” to Copenhagen.
Wiwi: Brequette is not a pop star. She is an artist. She is the Mercedes-Benz in a contest of Kias, the Godiva in a field of Cadbury’s. I know what chocolate I want. If this wins in Spain, it could win in Copenhagen.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 9.1/10
1. Brequette (9.10)
2. Ruth Lorenzo (7.30)
3. Jorge González (7.15)
4. La Dama (6.45)
5. Raul (5.7)
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