Germany, Roman Lob, 2

Last night the Wiwi Jury—our international panel of music un-professionals— flew to Berlin to sample sausages and review Roman Lob’s “Standing Still.” Did Germany’s pop-rock ballad move us to tears? Or were we barfing up our wurst? Read on to find out.


Wiwi: Whether it’s R&B or pop, blues or reggae, female singers frequently shriek about how a man did them wrong and left them shattered on the floor. And when they aren’t doing that, they’re singing about how they are stronger now that said man is out of their life. But ladies aren’t the only ones who hurt when a relationship comes to an end—or the only ones who can rebuild themselves afterwards. Germany’s Roman Lob demonstrates that men suffer, too, and that this pain makes for a damn good song.

With his pitch perfect vocals and that adorably vulnerable face, Roman sets a melancholy mood in the opening bars. His relationship is over and, as his girlfriend walks out the door, he debates whether he should wrap his arms around her in a last ditch effort to make it work. But as he croons in the chorus, “I’m just standing still.” At this point it’s unclear if he’s frozen out of shock, or if he just doesn’t want anything else to do with her. He clears it up in the next section when he realizes that the pain of a breakup is worth it when the relationship isn’t meant to be. “What I thought would be the end/ Is just the feeling that you freed me/ Girl this ain’t giving up/ It’s knowing where to stop/ Knowing every thing is over.”

The song’s most important semantic shift takes place at 1:47 when the chorus switches from “but I’m standing still” to “’cause I’m standing still.” But suggests confusion. Because suggests volition. He has the power to act, but chooses not to. For a heart-broken young man keen to start the next chapter in his life, “Standing Still” is actually moving forward.

Score: 8.5/10

Vebooboo: This is a contemporary slow song that just works. Roman is adorable, and this song is easy enough to follow. Roman will automatically be in the Final on Saturday, but he would have made it anyway. Don’t be surprised if this finishes in the Top 10, but don’t go ahead and buy tickets to Germany.

Score: 7/10

Meows Kitty: The best thing about this song is the stage lighting, and Roman Lob’s ragged good looks. The song sounds like it was written by the Frays…and I’m waiting for the Glee cast to make a more exciting cover of the current dull version. Sorry Germany, you’’ll be standing still, this song is going nowhere in this year’s Eurovision.

Score: 6/10

Deban: On hearing this, my first thought was “This must be a Matt Cardle album filler!” The X-Factor-esque type video doesn’t help either. It’s an average song that fails to make any memorable impact. Just pure Adult Oriented Pop-Rock that runs down very expected runways.

As a song, it reads as pure mediocrity. In addition to the composition not holding any surprises, Roman’s performance is predictably talent-show graduate. His voice could be any good male singer’s, and with a 3-minute slot that’s guaranteed to be in the final, I can’t see anyone rushing to their telephones to cast votes.

As for me, I’m standing still.

Score: 5/10

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.63/10

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[…] him if he doesn’t love himself? In any case, I still love this song as much as I did in my Wiwi Jury review. And I totally agree with Venu. This program has “Angela Merkel” written all over it, […]

Christian
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This one is a slow but steady grower.Soon all of Europe must learn to say “Ich liebe dich”

MoMo
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MoMo

Judge me not, but I really like this song.
I really hope it does well. Meows is right though, it sounds like the Frays (I love them).
It’s the sorta song you’d expect on the soundtrack of a teen-drama like Dawson’s Creek or The Vampire Diaries. You won’t appreciate it unless you watch them.
Hi roman, my name is Momo and I’d gladly stand still with you *swoon*

Neil
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Neil

Good offering in several areas including lyrics and Roman’s good looks but it does not deserve to move any higher than its guaranteed position.

H.K. Dick
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Listening to the German preselection songs I actually preferred the female singer’s version of this song. I felt it had more emotional depth,

However I have grown to appreciate Roman’s vocals and I think he does a great a job with this. It’s a decent enough song and will probably do well enough with juries and voters alike to definitely be in the top 10 and I think this is a bit of a dark horse to be top 3.

chriskross
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chriskross

I just say: some like it deep, some not. the first will like this song, the later not. That’s why I resonate with the review of Wiwi. I find this over-acted performances of other singers extremly annoying, though if there would be no costumes and no acting you might start listeing carefully and be devesated how bad it is (e.g. if you listen to the live version of jedward – take care of your ears). roman lob will make me watch eurovision 2012 just to listen to him live. however, I do not care who wins, in the end this… Read more »

Remi
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Remi

Even though my other half is German, I have sworn to be as objective as a jury panelist, sorry Wiwi! This song is simply sufficient if you were serenading teen beauty queens before the tiara is finally handed over…….but in reality this is Eurovision and somewhat an inappropriate offering; that is the wrong song / lyrics from the right entity in the wrong venue performing to the wrong audience. Lest I say more! On that subtle note, or rather b.tchy one, I do agree with what Deban says ”It’s an average song that fails to make any memorable impact” and… Read more »

francisco
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francisco

In that case, Mr Cullum ought to stick to singing…I think he does it better

Hannah
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Hannah

He’s a hottie!! *_* with a wonderful voice and song!
@francisco: Jamie Cullum, a well-known singer and songwriter, composed the song! 😀

francisco
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francisco

He is very handsome…but the song is not…Whosomever composed this mediocre, inane and generic song ought to be pulling a cart like the ass that s/he is…

Roo
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Roo

@ Julian
I think unfortunately this quality don’t have a chance in eurovision, the standard quality in eurovision is Verka, Babusky, Ralf poer, dustin the turkey and Nikki//Ell and not real artists.

Yeah like Dustin the Turkey really set the scoreboard on fire hey?

I really don’t think that is what Eurovision is all about.

Annie
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Annie

Too bad here in the USA we can’t vote because I would give this song 12 points. Awesome song!

Julian
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Julian

As i said today @Universal Music Germany, I’m already sad for him, in the sense he’s a real artist who play guitar, who can sing live who reminds me Lenny Kravitz & Jamiroquai (In his album “changes” and almost 21 yeats. I think unfortunately this quality don’t have a chance in eurovision, the standard quality in eurovision is Verka, Babusky, Ralf poer, dustin the turkey and Nikki//Ell and not real artists. But hope’ll come at least 8 @ the final. But i don’t care, if he’ll come last after valentina Monetta his long term talent will win after years.

stephen
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stephen

I love the song but the video is shit just like the cloth and it a bad production. This is not a winner song for me sorry Germany.

Jethro
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Jethro

Now that I’ve read this, I realize the song is actually deep. 10 points. Not 12, but 10. Good job Germany.

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[…] Engelbert Humperdink with “Love Will Set You Free” 7. Norway: Tooji with “Stay” (6.9) 8. Germany: Roman Lob with “Standing Still” (6.63) 9. The Netherlands: Joan Franka with “You and […]