Earlier today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — headed to Copenhagen to eat dirt at Noma. After chowing down on courses of egg cured in fermented beef and berries and greens soaked in vinegar for one year, we sat down to review Anti Social Media‘s Eurovision 2015 song “The Way You Are”. Did we like their song as it was? Read on to find out…
Denmark’s Eurovision 2015 song
Reviews: Anti Social Media with “The Way You Are”
Angus: It is a sorry state of affairs when your rotating drum kit merits a camera angle in your performance. Everyone on stage looks like they’re constipated and it seems “The Way You Are” is going to be a similarly unpleasant experience for everyone watching the First Semi-Final. If Denmark don’t qualify this year, it will be fully deserved.
Bogdan: I am struggling to find something positive to say, which doesn’t bode well for Anti Social Media, at least as far as my review is concerned. Everything, from the lyrics to the performance, is average. Nothing stands out. And let’s not fool ourselves, the melody itself is not retro, it’s simply outdated. PS: I found something! The men are well-groomed? (If only it was a male grooming contest!)
Chris: I kind of feel a bit sorry for Anti Social Media: this song is nowhere near as bad as many people make it out to be. Yes, it doesn’t really go anywhere, but it’s enjoyable enough for the three minutes that it’s on. I think a lot of people hold Denmark to a higher standard than most countries and that’s why it has suffered. It’s not a song I’m going to be shouting my love for, nor one I can rage against. It’s just “there”.
Deban: In 2006, Denmark finished in the bottom quarter with the “Twist of Love”. Deservedly so. “The Way You Are” is likely to suffer a similar fate. Although there’s a playful ease to this chaotic Brit-pop offering, cheeky alone shouldn’t score a place in the left side of the scoreboard. That’s what juries are there for!
Denise: I have hated this song since the first time I heard it. I remember being really kind reviewing this song months ago by giving it a 4, but that was way too high. It’s so old school and uninteresting to watch. And hey, is the drummer circling around on stage? Whoops, guess you just found out this is the first time I was able to listen to the whole song. I hope it will remain a one-time experience.
Francesca: I’ll be honest: I should hate this. I really should. It’s sappy, old-fashioned, simply unoriginal, and the vocals are about as choppy as an internet connection in 1993. A 10-year-old could write this song, juding by all the clichés. Yet there is something to be said for this 1950s-styled band: their song is insanely catchy and chirpy. Somehow, making me feel positively giddy has saved this song from a certain death. That said, I’d be terribly surprised if it gets in the top 15 in the grand final…
Padraig: On first listen I wondered why the hate? It all became clear once I hit replay: “The Way You Are” begins to grate very, very quickly. The lyrics and instrumental riffs are repetitive, and there’s no fun factor to save it. Also, I don’t get why this is branded Britpop? Surely Oasis and Blur must be spinning in their musical graves? At best this is a retro pastiche of the genre, but even then the band take themselves far too seriously.
Robyn: I really liked this song during the national final, but it hasn’t stuck with me. It’s a nice enough tune, but the song ends up feeling quite repetitive and – I’m not even sure how this is possible – boring. It makes me wonder if Anti Social Media aren’t coming across as being especially likeable. They seem a bit… obnoxious? But they have a huge advantage with an upbeat song, so it could be saved with good staging. There is potential so I’m not going to give up on it yet.
William: The lead singer carries this entire song, and at times I wonder if the others are there simply to take up space. The half-hearted stage jump by one of the guitarists adds a lame factor that I’m still coming to terms with. In any event, the mod sound will go down a treat with many, though I fear it will be lost on most. Denmark’s first borderline qualifier in many years.
Zach: I’m sorry, I think I read the year wrong. This is Eurovision 2015, right? I just figured this song meant it was 1967 or something. Completely dated, and not in the “throwback fun” kind of way, in the “trying too hard and epically failing” kind of way. The attitude all of them had/have is so arrogant and pompous, I’m rooting against them already. The vocals are way off live, and with the stronger entries in Semi 1, I think we may see Denmark miss the final for the first time since 2007. Ouch.
Our first reaction (February 7):
Twenty-nine jurors review each song, but we only have space for ten written reviews. The remaining 19 scores are listed below.
William C: 5.5/10
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average. We have removed a low of 0.5 and a high of 8.5.