Attention Gianluca Bezzina fans: His new album has landed! Three months after his successful Eurovision debut, Gianluca will drop his debut album “Waiting For Tomorrow” on August 18. If you’re in to feel-good anthems and a bit of toe-tapping, then pull out your credit cards. You’re going to want this…
His Eurovision entry “Tomorrow” emerged as one of ESC 2013’s biggest surprises. Many thought it wouldn’t qualify, but it finished in the Top 10 anyway, and went on to chart all over Europe, including Germany and the UK. In Malta, it held the number one position for several weeks and turned Gianluca into a superstar. Bezzina, who is a medical doctor by profession, could no longer ignore the demands of the music industry and he gave in to recording the album. (Don’t worry: He’s still treating his patients).
Dr B didn’t write any of the songs, but he sings every lyric with conviction. There are no lyrical or vocal wonders here, but his charisma shines through. “Waiting for Tomorrow” is full of drive-time tunes that will no doubt inspire a few singalong moments.
All 10 songs are crafted with the mandate of being radio-friendly. “Happy Song,” “Light Me Up,” “I’ll be There” and “Picture” rank among my favourites. Fans of “Tomorrow” are treated to an album version which has a slightly different delivery. The Doc can mix it up!
The album has a welcoming, personal feel. It’s the same vibe that carried Gianluca to the Top 10 at ESC. On some tracks you can hear him whistling along or laughing. On all 10 tracks it’s easy to imagine him smiling as he recorded them. His sound can be compared to Azerbaijan’s Emin, but with less over-the-top production. “Waiting For Tomorrow” has an acoustic foundation, and Bezzina’s voice remains the key ingredient.
There is something about Gianluca that’s so loveable. In a contest full of divas, his down-to-earth manner makes him refreshing—as does the fact Malta went with a relative unknown at Eurovision. The country is notorious for recycling pop stars, and re-hashing the same tired faces at Eurovision. This year, they tried something different—and Europe responded. Malta has a lot more to celebrate than its 8th place finish in the competition. This timely follow up is something everyone involved in can be proud of.
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