Tere Estonia! Eesti Laul 2015 — Estonia’s national selection for Eurovision — begins on February 7 with the first semi-final. So the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — is busy reviewing the ten acts that will compete in that heat. Up next it’s Maia Vahtramäe and her song “Üle vesihalli taeva”. Did her Estonian ballad win us over or were we totally over it? Read on to find out…
Reviews: Maia Vahtramäe’s “Üle vesihalli taeva”
Angus: Remiscent of Slovenia’s 2014 song in vocal style if not tempo, ‘Üle vesihalli taeva’ is just plain limp. Slow songs are fine if there’s vocal variety but plodding tempo combined with unadventurous vocal makes for a dull record. #sorrynotsorry.
Anthony: Aside from several twangs of the guitar which I like, it’s pretty much a snoozefest. Maia’s vocals are unconvincing, and a song which lacks charisma won’t do her any favours either. I’d be extremely surprised if she even makes it past the semi-finals of Eesti Laul.
Chris: That guitar solo that keeps repeating is just so out of place with the rest of the song. I quite like Maia’s vocal earlier on, but then it does start to grate a bit. It’s nothing horrific, but it’s just not very interesting.
Josh: ‘Üle Vesihalli Taeva’ is another really bad entry in Eesti Laul this year. Not ‘Saatuse Laul’ bad, but it’s really bad. It’s incredibly boring. I can see this finishing at the bottom of the scoreboard for the first semi final.
Patrick: I have really no clue how I should rate this…. This seems really mystical and really, it is! Maia’s voice is brilliant in its own way! She has the whole-package – the look, the voice and the attitude. I really like this dark sound and it fits perfectly with the Estonian language! This surprised me and maybe it will surprise us in the Semi Final aswell! GO MAIA!
Ramadan: Maia has a really beautiful voice, but that doesn’t help her when her song is so boring. It sounds like a typical old-fashioned 90s ballad and you’d probably find this in the Belorussian national final. The song doesn’t leave any impression. However, I really like the Estonian language in this song. Maia definitely deserves a better song.
Robyn: This is a moody song, but its moodiness seems to be working against it. The singer, Maia, has a rich, expressive tone to her voice, but the song just isn’t engaging. This sounds like the sort of tune that would be playing in movie while the lead characters were doing something more interesting in bed.
Sami: The intro takes me to the Wild West, but then the it all turns to this dull and totally forgottable track. Nothing in it makes me want to listen again. Her voice is unique, but I can’t say I find it pleasant either.
Sopon: It’s a bad sign when I close my eyes and have no idea if I’m listening to a Cher-voiced woman or a Boaz-voiced guy. I also see a bad sign when I know I could rip the music, put in some Chinese language metaphorical lyrics, and make it a blockbuster seller there. The fans want Europop, and this fails horribly to deliver.