Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – landed in Latvia and headed to the Freedom Monument. After checking out the Cat House on behalf of wiwibloggs’ official cat Barnaby, we settled down to listen to Latvia’s Aminata Savadogo and her entry “Love Injected”. Did her love revive our souls? Read on to find out…
Latvia’s Eurovision 2015 song
Reviews: Aminata with ‘Love Injected’
William: Aminata knows who she is and she ain’t changing for nobody. Rather than forcing herself to fit with Eurovision, she’s pushing the contest forward with her distinct, other-worldy sound. “Love Injected” showcases power and restraint in equal measure, and Aminata is so avant-garde she makes Margaret Berger seem pedestrian. The chorus explodes like a nuclear bomb, and her Amazon-inspired dance moves could disarm the most aggressive tribesman. Take note, Europe. A star is born.
Zach: I’m still trying to process the unbelievable fact that LATVIA actually picked the best song in their selection for once, and that their song is one of the best in the contest. Aminata has arguably the most unique entry of the year, and I’d go as far to say the most modern as well, no matter how much Belgium’s Lorde wannabe wants that distinction. Her vocals suit the song perfectly, the chorus is powerful despite being incredibly minimalist, and I think keeping the simple staging seen in the Supernova final will help it immensely in Vienna. It will certainly stand out among the sea of ballads we have this year, and dare I say it, bring Latvia back to the final as well. I can’t believe I finally like a Latvian entry! It’s been so long!
Bogdan: Mesmerizing. The same can be said for her performance at the Latvian national selection. She needn’t change anything, because everything from her moves (combined with the flattering camera angles) to her vocals is flawless. Maybe just focus a little bit on diction — there are some words that I can’t quite make out without straining my ears. Other than that, “Love Injected” is perfection and, unlike most songs in competition, it sounds very 2015. Congratulations Latvia, you picked a good one this year.
Deban: After several years of missing out on the final, Latvia bounces back in 2015 with Aminata Savadogo — an avant-garde diva who SLAYS the pack! All the elements here sizzle at the right temperature, providing a high level of sophistication that isn’t often synonymous with Riga. “Love Injected” abandons all gimmicks, instead pushing the boat of pop offerings way beyond its usual moorings. In summary, this is perfection. Top 5 finish deserved.
Angus: Aminata’s lover might revive her soul, and she has definitely revived my faith in Latvia as a participant in the Eurovision Song Contest. ‘Love Injected’ is dark and dirty electro-pop through and through. Totally dazzling.
Judit: In my opinion it’s a horrible song. I don’t like her voice, and this song is going nowhere. She may be a nice person, but this competition is not about personalities. If I had a choice, she wouldn’t be in the grand final.
Liam: Latvia has injected me with love for this song! That voice is incredible! This delight from Latvia? I love everything about this song, from the modern twist to the outstanding vocals. The music video is amazing, the perfect mix of steam and drama to create a hot sensation. This is my favourite of Eurovision 2015, and although I have already (sadly) accepted that she will not win, I am hoping for an easy qualification and a Top 10 placing.
Padraig: Now I love me a minimalistic ice queen *hi Margaret Berger*, but something doesn’t quite click with Aminata. After years of Latvian tripe, everyone seems to be tripping over themselves to blindly heap praise on her and “Love Injected”. This song is flawed y’all! The closing verses could do with a serious injection of actual, oh I don’t know, LYRICS! I’m perfectly happy for my dance faves to be dominated by “la la”s and “o o”s, but for something as painfully alternative and cutting-edge as this I expect more. That said, it deserves to make the final, and provides a refreshing shake-up to the dreaded “Eurovision formula”.
Robyn: The delicate, stripped back style of the song is unusual for Eurovision, but that epic pop chorus comes along at the right time and saves everything – much like the chorus of “Suus” from 2012. The big issue I have with “Love Injected” – the ending is really weak. It dissolves into repeated “oh oh oh oh” and loses the powerful focus it’s held up to that point. Rather than ending with a bang, the song feels like it has run out of ideas.
Chris: Praise the lord! Latvia have turned up to the contest for the first time in years. “Love Injected” is very different compared with most Eurovision songs and it will certainly split voters. Aminata is gorgeous and owns the spotlight and she certainly has me on board. I hope they find better backing vocalists than they had in the national final though – Aminata’s voice needs protecting at points and those screeching cats didn’t cut it.
Sinan: Ladies and gentleman: Presenting a very different and very cool song from Latvia! I love the song. I love the voice. I love the total package. As we have already heard during the live promo tour, she can deliver live and will do so in Vienna.
Our jury consists of 29 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 19 scores.
William C: 10/10
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 0 and a high of 10.