Sad news readers – the last post of the MPG Wiwi Jury has rolled around. Fortunately our in-house panel of music unprofessionals have one last song to review before MGP gets underway tonight on NRK. Did Carl Epsen give us a great send-off to start the Semi-Finals or did it leave us wishing we’d ended with someone else?
Oh here we go, it’s ballad o’clock. Whoa okay, it’s depression o’clock. Umm… Is he okay? I feel like he needs a hug. He sounds a bit like Dan from Bastille when we get to the chorus. Well, Dan from the Bastille after he’s flushed his phone down the toilet. Cheer up Carl, you haven’t come last in MGP just yet! Your song’s actually really good!
In 2012, I was moved by Suus. Last year, it was Birds, This year, Silent Storm is shaping up to be my masterpiece. Espen’s voice activates my emotional neurons in a powerful way. On hearing it, I felt vulnerable, naked and hurt. Listening to it again, I felt a wave of hope. On the third listen, I reverted to feeling hopeless.This is a song that shape-shifts on every listen, whilst bearing the hallmark of a timeless classic. Although it’s lacking in glitter and caricature folklore, I’d like to believe that the Eurovision Song Contest continues to offer a platform for diversity, musicality and true artistry.
Ah, another ballad. More sorrow. No drama, no movement. It falls flat like Eddie Edwards did in Calgary. I want to be moved. The people who vote in Eurovision want to be entertained or moved. Ballads are like sharks, they need to move to survive. Where would “Quedate Conmigo” be if it didn’t have a drastic change of pace at the end? Or “Crisalide?” So nope, it’s not getting my “Douze points”.
Hauntingly beautiful, it’s got the essence of Iceland 2013, and is a very outstanding song. One of my favourites of this years MGP.
This is replete with angst but I’m not sure that necessarily wins me over. I wanted to be wowed and mesmerised but I’m just not. For whatever reason the hype about Carl passes me by. He has a great voice – that isn’t in question. The song however is…dare I say it…boring. It’s very emotional but it’s also quite slow and not particularly memorable. I am all for a ballad if it has a punch and energy that leaves you remembering it. This is just dull.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.9/10
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