The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — continues its journey through Germany ahead of the Unser Song Für Österreich 2015 final this Thursday. Today we gathered round the campfire with our cowboy hats to review Mrs. Greenbird with their songs “Shine Shine Shine” and “Take My Hand“. Did their country songs make us shout “Yee-haw!” or were we just ready to giddy-up and go? Read on to find out.
MRS. GREENBIRD – SHINE SHINE SHINE
Louis: I love it!! It’s so happy and puts a smile on my face every time I hear it. It has everything you want in a song and it is perfectly put together as well. Nothing could go wrong on the night, no major key changes or the fear that the background music will over power them. Just two singers with a guitar and a good chance of winning.
Max: If I close my eyes I picture myself on a farm ranch in the Deep South, maybe with some cows and a sheep called Conchita. It has that country feel to it that I just love, not the Common Linnets country, but a more raw, cheerful Dolly Parton sort of country. I loathe songs with the word ‘Shine’ in the title but this just makes me smile. Texas Lightning 2.0 may be a good description. .
Mikhail: It’s a really lovely song with such a catchy tune. But let’s imagine that it wins. Then we will have not just “Shine”, but a triple one! All the “Shine”s reunited! Not to mention that we have “Time to Shine” already, but we always can have “Time to Shine Shine Shine” as well.
Kristín: “Shine”. Again. Hasn’t that been done like a million times before? With that said, the song begins like Gianluca’s “Tomorrow”, and is in fact very similar to that song. This is nice, and easy to listen to. Not too demanding, just something I would listen to on a quiet night, followed by a good book and a glass of white wine. And I even sang along with her.
Patrick: How lovely! Mrs. Greenbird’s music is always so happy and nice to listen to. This song is so sweet and sugary – awwh… But TBH, Eurovision is no option for this – it will definitely be lost between the dancing and the stronger ballads. The lead singer has a strong and lovely voice but it’s not strong enough for Vienna.
Robyn: These guys are adorable, and I love the cuteness and optimism of this song. Looking at live videos, Sarah and Steffan have great live chemistry so I can see this working well on stage. But I also appreciate that “Shine Shine Shine” is teetering on a knife edge between adorable and sickly sweet. Some viewers would roll their eyes at “Shine Shine Shine”, but I love it.
WIWI JURY AVERAGE: 7.25/10
MRS. GREENBIRD – TAKE MY HAND
Louis: Again with Mrs. Greenbird, it is simple and well executed. It reminds me of that TV show Nashville with the country twist. Although I could listen to this for days, it’s perfect for a small intimate venue but not a massive arena and therefore wouldn’t be given enough credit if it represented Germany in the Final.
Max: The female vocalist has a voice that could melt butter. It’s so rich and sweet, however it borders on sickly. The lyrics are simple yet effective and it just makes me feel good, which is the sort of thing I want a song to do. I can imagine being sat around a big campfire, roasting marshmallows whilst someone plays this on a guitar. It’s such a subtle instrument when used in the right way, just like it is here. To Vienna though? It could get lost in the crowd.
Mikhail: In this song Mrs. Greenbird’s voice sounds squeaky and, therefore, it starts to annoy. The song itself is too simple and boring with one tune.
Kristín: I like the bluegrass sound that Mrs.Greenbird has going on here. She is like a softer version of Joan Baez. I actually prefer this song over “Shine shine shine”, and I would totally root for her in Vienna.
Patrick: Sweet, Sweeter, Mrs. Greenbird! It’s really lovely and cozy to listen to their music, sitting on a campfire, to roast some marshmallows and sing along with your friends…. it’s lovely and a great picture in my head. In my opinion they would be not a good choice for Eurovision as it’s too slow and nothing remarkable…
Robyn: This is like the emotional flipside of “Shine Shine Shine”. It’s much more melancholic and in a country style, and I like the way that Sarah and Steffan’s voices work together. I’m less taken by this song, but it’s still a good tune.