It’s little secret that the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – loves Scandipop and so we couldn’t wait to open our ears to Knut Kippersund and his Scando bopper ‘Taste of You’.
I love it when a fresh-faced mormon looking boy has a naughty edge. Knut has been gigging all his life both as a solo artist and with his family band of jazz musicians. He has an impressive range, and a confident stage presence. In a world littered with cookie cutter stars, Knut is on the cusp of breaking free from what’s expected of him. “Taste Of You” is testament to that. It also happens to be my tall glass of chilled water on a hot summer’s day.
First of all, was “Taste of you” the best title for a song sung by someone who looks about 12? Doubt it. It’s an alright song but the singer doesn’t do it justice, he sounds constantly flat. Again, it’s one of those G-Son wanna be Scandi-Pop songs that’s forgettable and really annoying after a while.
Let’s just say my ovaries exploded. It’s catchy, the song progresses well, but it doesn’t ricochet everywhere like a wrecking ball (laugh with me, please). It can go either way, even though I really hope it will go to the final because seriously, dat face. Also, the song’s good. If my teenage life were to become a sappy Lifetime movie, this is on the soundtrack (along with “Something” and “L’Essenziale” so that says a lot).
The Norwegian equivalent of Ulrik Munther, it’s not a bad song and he has a decent voice. It’s a typical yet likable love song.
In the grand tradition of Norway ripping off male Swedish Eurovision entrants Knut is a repeat of Robin Stjernberg. It’s a light dance song sung by a cute guy and verges on falsetto in patches. It all paid off for Tooji in 2012 and saw him head to Baku but I worry if Knut repeats that he’ll also repeat the end result in Copenhagen. Knut even had the cheek to put ‘You’ in the title of the song…
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.5/10
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