Georgia’s national selection for Eurovision 2015 takes place on January 14, but Georgians are already voting. Sadly we don’t have a Georgian passport or mobile phone, but we do have opinions on each of the five competing songs. So over the next week the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — will review each of the five acts. We’re honest and uncensored, and we promise this hurts us more than it hurts you. Today we turn to Niutone Band and their song “Run Away”.
Reviews of Niutone’s “Run Away”
Robyn: I would expect to hear a band like this playing at a cafe on a sunny weekend afternoon, not on stage at Eurovision. This song has no hooks and there’s no memorable melody. It probably started as a 12-minute jazz freestyle, begrudgingly cut down to three minutes. It’s pleasant enough as background music, but it’s nowhere near good enough to be a headline act.
Angus: This has little if anything going for it. It’s a case of throwing everything at a song and getting nothing out in return. The diction is awful, the bizarre combination of instruments jarring and the song itself completely unremarkable. Eldrine as a band had swagger…Niutone just bob about and it’s that lack of confidence and purpose that lets everything down.
Liam: This is the perfect song to play in a bar in the city, but let’s just say you will find me far away from the city as long as this band is playing. Niutone threw something together and hoped that it would work. It didn’t.
William: WHAT THE FUNK? The “new tone” I hear is one of discord. And I’m pretty sure that there isn’t a chorus. The lead singer should really enter the Eurovision Dance Contest and compete with some urban dance, because that is all I can remember from the video.
Deban: Reminds me of Ace Wilder — all over the place, and borderline annoying. Fuse that with Blue Cafe, throw in some classic Amy Winehouse undertones and you’ve got some Niuton. I could put this song on ‘repeat’ forever, and still fail to memorise the first verse. #epicfail
Francheska: I had such high expectations for Niutone! They looked like they could rock Vienna without any mercy, but instead we got this old, boring, and simply trashy 70s disco tune. I feel cheated on! I feel like I’ve been through a bad breakup! My god how could this be real? A rock-electro band should honor the combined bad-ass-ery of electronic and alternative, not go into a time machine and travel to the era of bell bottoms and paisley.
Patrick: Oh my gosh. Ermn. Uhm. Ahh. DISASTER! How many times have we heard songs like this doing amazingly bad in the National Selections… The lead singer is a beauty but she should improve the dancing. She can sing, no doubt, but this song is not made for her… The song is cheap, overwrought, badly composed and badly delivered. Bring me the funk, bring me alcohol! And don’t worry: I will run away!
Ramadan: A HOT mess! I’ll definitely run far away if this wins the Georgian selection. It’s dated, boring and Georgia is doomed if it goes to Eurovision. Not only that, it’s giving me a headache! #notcool. She has a nice voice, however she needs a song that suits it.
Renske: The song title says exactly what people will think when they hear the song: “RUN AWAY!!” The vocalist is not that bad, but her English sadly is. The good news is that it’s better than “Three Minutes To Earth”.
Sami: This song is just a big mess! It feels like everyone in the band had their own vision and they wound up with this. The lead singer has the attitude, but her moves are hideous. This sounds very home-made, old-fashioned and I think this would finish last if it made it to Eurovision.
Sopon: The perfect mix of a 90’s jazz song found on the radio at midnight, and a hipster anthem, “Run Away” seems to be packaged quite well. The bluesy singer entices me into the song. However, after the unfortunate result last year, I feel Georgia should not send an avant-garde entry, and should play it safe. “Three Minutes to Earth” was fairly high on my list, and this appears to be the same song (minus yodeling, plus synthesizer and bells). I like it, but it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea.