Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Australia and visited Melbourne’s laneways. Tucked away in a dumpling house, we discussed Dami Im‘s song “Sound of Silence”. Did we enjoy the sound? Or did it leave us craving silence? Read on to find out!
Dami Im – “Sound of Silence”
“Sound of Silence” reviews
Deban: Australia gets Eurovision! Dami Im marks another bold internal selection choice. I love this entry now, but I was lukewarm at first. “Sound of Silence” thunders with killer vocals, and channels unadulterated emotion. There is a rawness here that stamps on the listener’s territory, and lingers beyond its airtime. Even with the harshest critics on board, this should dent the top 10.
Sami: “Sound of Silence” is a great song, but we have way too many female ballads in the contest this year. However, depending on the live performance, the audience might go for this instead of Albania or Switzerland in the same semi-final. I was expecting something uptempo from Dami, because from her discography, her uptempo songs are my favourite. Last year Australia totally deserved their top five placement, but I can’t see them repeating that this year.
Angus: If last year’s entry was all upbeat reality show winner, this year is overblown winning-song melodrama and I for one will be picking up my phone when lines open. Dami’s video may be low budget, but “Sound of Silence” is expensive. Tingling in the verses, and exploding through the chorus, it will draw comparisons to Sia but Dami puts her identity on it. There are a few songs in a similar space to Australia this year, but Dami has nothing to fear: she’s got this.
Josh: Just another day of Dami Im slaying my life. I’m thrilled that SBS have backed up “Tonight Again” with “Sound of Silence”. The consistency in their internal selections shows that they want to show the EBU that Australia should stay in the contest. I know Dami will nail the live performance, and if the staging is memorable and original, Australia will place top five yet again.
William: She keeps calling, calling, calling and I can’t help but answer. With “Sound of Silence” Dami rides the “dirty pop” wave, serving mystery, grit and soul with a heavy electro beat. She recounts her feelings of emptiness following a breakup, but fills the void with sultry vocals and some seriously raw emotion. Dami — a powerhouse vocalist — has the right material. With the proper staging and a bit of luck, she may soon have the Eurovision winner’s trophy too.
Antranig: “Sound of Silence” has one of the best build-ups of the contest but I am completely underwhelmed by the chorus. Dami is incredible and she can do better than rhyming silence with silence four times. It’s an amazing song though — the lyrics are my only criticism. Most viewers will overlook that and I expect Dami to keep Australia in the top 10.
Bogdan: Dami Im has an extraordinary voice, and that is Australia’s best asset this year. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the song, which is only good. After promising verses, the chorus is quite tame and, what’s worse, it’s delivered identically throughout, almost copy/paste style, with just the right, calculated amount of vocal gymnastics overlaid after the bridge. There is hardly any organic growth and virtually no excitement whatsoever. Hopefully the live performance will change that. Until then, I am not blown away.
Chris: Dami Im has always been my pick for Australia at Eurovision — she was in 2015 and she was for 2016. Maybe that’s why I was ever so slightly underwhelmed by “Sound of Silence” when it first came out. After listening to it regularly though over the past few weeks, I’m happy to say I’m back in the Dami Army. I feel that the studio version won’t convey just how powerful Dami will bring it on stage in Stockholm; I still worry that it just doesn’t change it up enough in the final chorus though.
Padraig: Dami Im is one of those rare artists that could sing just about anything and make it amazing. She possesses a powerful voice that belies her petite frame, yet she always employs great control and restraint. “Sound of Silence” allows us to witness her capabilities to full effect. A dark, brooding opening gives way to a soaring chorus that lasts long in the memory. Admittedly, the song doesn’t reach its full potential. Alongside the exquisitely lush verses, the refrain feels a little anti-climactic. However, Dami elevates proceedings to such a level that you almost don’t notice the disparity.
Robyn: There’s room for a big diva ballad in the contest this year and “Sound of Silence” is a very strong contender. I admire the skill, emotion and drama that Dami Im brings to her performance. I don’t feel a connection with the song, but I know plenty of others will love it.
Tobias: Australia keeps on delivering strong songs! “Sound of Silence” is one my personal favourites to win this year. I do think the Eurovision crowd will like this as well, the song itself is a typical “Eurovision song” and I wouldn’t be surprised if Australia ended up in the top 3.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 40 jurors but only have room for 11 reviews. The remaining 29 scores are below.
William C: 8/10
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 4.5 and a high of 10.