If there is one Eurovision artist who has mastered the art of putting very suggestive words together without sacrificing her dignity, it is Margaret Berger. “I Feed You My Love”—she explains that one here—was a major success in her home country of Norway, and she finished fourth in Malmö. She even won the prestiguous Gina G. Award for Most Likely to Succeed Commercially from wiwibloggs.com. Now she’s back with “Human Race”—a single that will no doubt keep the momentum going.
Margaret was already an established star before winning the Norwegian pre-selection. Her debut album “Cameleon” captured a global audience, and her follow-up album “Pretty Scary Silver Fairy” was a critical success. It’s also the album where her current electro-pop sound came into form.
But Berger is no electro puppet. As she explained to me in Malmö this year, she is a woman who dares to venture out of her comfort zone. She does just that with her new single “Human Race”. The thumping dance anthem asserts the protagonist’s innocence in a world of darkness. “I’m leaving mother earth without a trace,” she says with her other-worldly voice. “I don’t know where I lost my faith, help me escape the human race.” Strip away the electro-pop backdrop and sexy cooing, and this is spoken word at its finest.
Although this song is not as infectious as “I Feed You My Love”, this is a step in the right direction. The pop production is present but not overpowering, and Berger once again proves that she isn’t “pop” but rather “pop with an edge”.
“Human Race” is a comeback track with the perfect amount of sass. It’s a good teaser for the album to come. Let’s hope it gets the general release and video it deserves.
Photo: Margaret Berger