Reunions are big bucks these days, just ask Take That or the Spice Girls. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by Eurovision stars. Last week we saw Moje 3 reform, now it’s the turn of Nigar Jamal and Eldar Qasimov aka Ell & Nikki.
The duo have reunited for “Music Still Alive”, their first single together since “Running Scared”. It’s billed as a tribute to Michael Jackson and samples his track “Human Nature”. It’s hard to tell why the pair decided that now was the time to pay tribute to the late King of Pop. The message at the beginning of the video states that they love him but isn’t that a rather tenuous link? But then again what harm did a bit of randomness ever do to anyone?
Unfortunately, like much of Azerbaijan’s musical exports this is all style over substance. The production values are top notch as usual but everything else about the song is a bit ordinary – not a word you’d often associate with Michael Jackson. The track plods along with Nigar and Eldar taking it in turns to reassure us that the music is still alive. But it never goes anywhere and ends pretty much exactly as it began. This is the sequel that “Running Scared” didn’t need.
P.S. Here’s the Michael Jackson song which “inspired” Ell & Nikki. It really is in a different league to it’s surrogate offspring.
Photo: Nigar Jamal