She’s the Canadian-Belgian singer of Italian descent who represented Luxembourg at Eurovision 1988. And almost 30 years later, Lara Fabian remains one of the contest’s greatest success stories. Earlier this month, the multi-award winning and Billboard Hot 100 charting artist released “Growing Wings”, the first cut from her upcoming LP Camouflage.
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The English language single is a major shift away from the quaint whimsy of 2015’s “Quand je ne chante pas”. A piano-led ballad, “Growing Wings” tells the story of someone who’s faced with a long list of trials and tribulations – a lover who loves another, an ocean they cannot swim, a wind-swept desert. In each case, the former Sanremo contestant sings of taking chances in the hope that things will work out “Leap of faith, growing wings, on the way down, before you hit the ground”.
But there’s a degree of ambiguity. Unlike Conchita Wurst’s similarly themed “Rise Like A Phoenix”, we’re never sure if the problems can be overcome. Is Lara actually sprouting wings, or is she vainly hoping to be saved before it’s too late?
The lyrics may give you pause for thought, but the song as a whole is lacking. Yes, it’s atmospheric and Lara’s vocals are as luscious as milk and honey. But there’s no wow moment, which is a shame since Lara definitely has pipes capable of giving us something truly special.
A sombre air hangs over the music video too. Opening with shots of the sea crashing against a pebbly beach, Lara mournfully sings to the camera while a topless male castaway is washed ashore. The two never meet. She strides through dramatic landscapes dressed as a Game Of Thrones extra while he prefers to dance beneath waterfalls. The whole clip takes place in twilight, but we never learn whether we’re heading towards a bright dawn or a long dark night.
Lara Fabian “Growing Wings” Official Music Video
If you’re after something with a bit more energy, check out the official remix.
We don’t have long to wait for more new music from the woman who famously came fourth to Celine Dion at Eurovision. Camouflage drops on 6 October. It will be Lara’s thirteenth studio album and her fifth in English.
However, you may have spent the summer listening to a Lara track unbeknown to yourself. Nestled away on Tears on the Dancefloor – British pop group Steps’ comeback LP – is a cover of Fabian’s biggest international hit “I Will Love Again”. Back in 2000, the song charted globally and even reached 32 on America’s Billboard Hot 100.
Steps “I Will Love Again” (Lara Fabian Cover)
Lara Fabian “I Will Love Again” Official Music Video
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