Wiwi Jury: Austria’s The MakeMakes and “I Am Yours”

The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — continues its journey through Austria ahead of the Wer Singt Für Österreich 2015 final this Friday. Heights and thrills – the longest chain bridge in the world, which is located in Reutte and connects two castles, is the perfect place to review The MakeMakes with their song “I Am Yours“. How did our jury react? Would this be the perfect representative for the host country? Read on to find out.

THE MAKEMAKES – “I AM YOURS”

Deban: Heartfelt rock ballad sung with passion, power and angst. A different flavour to what Austria has offered the contest. This marks a welcome treat. However, there isn’t any obvious hook here to latch onto. Never underestimate the importance of memorability. Also, the impact of this is best felt in an intimate lounge, making it somewhat unworthy for such a big stage.

Score: 6.5/10

Max: If Gary Barlow, Hozier and the late, great Joe Cocker got together and wrote a song then this would be it. It has the key elements of a hearty ballad with a catchy, rock inspired chorus that I swear I’ve heard somewhere before. It’s quite underwhelming and would be a bit of a damp squib if chosen as the host entry.

Score: 5/10

Chris: There’s something very nice and easy to listen to about “I Am Yours”. A great voice to boot and, whilst this isn’t exactly a song that will ever set the scoreboard on fire, would be a respectable song for Austria. On the other hand, it could do a Raphael Gualazzi and Austria could be right at the top. Surprisingly good.

Score: 7.5/10

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Anthony: The MakeMakes really have brought out the US song writing big guns and I can clearly see they’ve made an impact for the group. Vocals especially on the higher notes, really adds depth to this gentle piano rock ballad. My concern is whether they can stand out amongst a sea of ballads so far.

Score: 6.5/10

Robyn: I quite like this stripped-down soul jam. The singer struggles with some of the more challenging parts of the song, but that adds to the emotional feeling of the performance. My main issue – the singer spends most of the song with his eyes shut, creating a feeling of distance. Bring us into your world, o beardy guy.

Score: 7/10

Denise: Hmmm… it’s a good song for on a lazy Sunday, but that’ s it.  I like his voice, but this is the song you forget when the voting opens. It wouldn’t score high in Vienna and it probably won’t win in Austria. Oh and I desperately want to grab a pair of scissors.

Score: 6.5/10

MakeMakesMikhail: I like the song. It has a nice soulful melody, but I feel like I’ve heard a thousand of songs like this. On some American TV series there are a lot of similar songs and they quickly get boring. They are easily forgettable, which doesn’t make it a good choice for Vienna.

Score: 6/10

Judit: Love this bittersweet song. Maybe it’s just me but it reminds me of the Toy Story soundtrack. Maybe it’s just the singer’s voice but I have this weird deja vu. I like it and if I close my eyes I would feel in love with his voice.

Score: 8/10

Patrick: I sadly have to admit that the song is good – and it could place in the top 15 with a lot of luck. But anyways, the lead singer has a strong voice with power and soul – sadly he sometimes screams too much. The composition itself is great – good melody, nice lyrics – but something is missing. I’m not sure if I personally would send this to Vienna, though.

Score: 6/10

WIWI JURY AVERAGE: 6.55/10

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