Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continued our tour of Norway with a hike through Preikestolen lead by Carl Espen. After a not-so-silent storm hit, we sought shelter and settled down to review the ten acts competing in Norway’s national final, Melodi Grand Prix 2018. Next up, we look at Rebecca and her song “Who We Are”. Is Rebecca’s power anthem giving us all the feels? Read on to find out!
Rebecca – “Who We Are”
“Who We Are” reviews
Bogdan: Rebecca’s style of singing is quite dated. In 2018, I have bigger expectations from the country that gave us Susanne Sundfør and Ane Brun. And Mørland’s song may be better than others in Melodi Grand Prix, but it’s a major step back from his brilliant “A Monster Like Me”, which I voted for in Vienna. Maybe it will come alive on stage, but until then I am not impressed. Love the lyrics though.
Cinan: I think this is our MGP 2018 winner. This song is exactly what I want to hear in Lisbon. Some parts of the song give me goosebumps all over, and I can’t wait to hear the live version to see how much Rebecca can slay. I really want to go back to Norway one day, so why not Oslo 2019?
Jonathan: “Who We Are” is a great contemporary power ballad. My worry is that the first chorus isn’t a big enough of a peak, which means it takes about two minutes to properly get going. From the second pre-chorus onward it’s great, but there’s a chance that it may not grab people’s attention immediately. Staging could solve this, though Rebecca looked distinctly nervous during the artist reveal press conference. But if she can overcome these nerves then she could still be in contention for taking the victory.
Kristin: I truly wanted to declare a winner here already, but I’m reluctant to do so…. yet. “Who We Are” is strong – probably the strongest song in MGP. But its always hard to judge solely by the studio version. Rebecca sounds amazing though, and its clear that Mørland hasn’t forgotten a thing about writing powerful and epic songs. I can’t wait to see how they pull this off live, and if they succeed in giving us a spine-tingling act, this song will jump up to a 10/10.
Robyn: I like a well-written song, one that takes the listener on a journey and one where every musical choice feels like it’s been done with purpose. “Who We Are” gets that absolutely right. The song has an epic quality, and the chorus has an especially big feeling, at odds with the stripped-down style of current pop. But it works because everything is done for a purpose, combined with flawless vocals from Rebecca. This is one of the strongest songs in MGP and it could do good things in Lisbon.
Our jury for 2018 consists of 15 jurors, but we only have room for 5 reviews. The remaining 10 scores are listed below.
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 6 and a high of 9.