The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — continues its journey through Austria ahead of the Wer Singt Für Österreich 2015 final this Friday. Sightseeing is one of our favourite hobbies – the old town of Innsbruck is the perfect way to get to know Austria. The Goldened Dachl and all the lovely old houses from the past centuries – perfect to review Johann Sebastian Bass with their song “Absolutio“. How did our jury react? Would this be the perfect representative for the host country? Read on to find out.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BASS – “ABSOLUTIO”
Deban: “Absolutio” is undoubtedly a homage to the disco sounds of Hercules and Love Affair. The rapid key changes and cracking falsettos breathe life into the base tones of the electro sample. In a competition where participants really need to stand out, JSB effortlessly nail this task, whilst keeping your hips swinging at the roller disco. Is this a good entry? Actually, it’s GREAT!
Max: Imagine putting all the classical Austrian musicians (and Falco) in a food processor with Daft Punk and Malena Ernman. Then pressing ‘mix’ on the highest setting. The outcome would be this monstrosity. The whole concept of grown men pretending to be from the 1800’s freaks me out and I think they need to have a reality check really. Sure, Austria, if you want to be laughed at by Europe for having this ridiculous band making fun of your homeland, then go for it.
Chris: I love the idea of Johann Sebastian Bass, but in reality their execution is usually a little bit off. They feel very much like a second-rate Daft Punk with a more offputting gimmick. There are bits of “Absolutio” that I quite like, but it’s just all a bit too distracting.
Anthony: Firstly, the hosts will be subject to so much ridicule in Vienna if they get chosen whilst resembling a Mozart tribute band. Then the song sounds like a cross between their other eliminated song “Monsters” with Opera Skaala’s “Heart of Light” from Finland. Absolutio? Absolutely awful!
Robyn: A funky-electro-baroque ode to a sexy priest? Yes, please. Austria just needs to send these dorks to the Wiener Stadthalle because they are literally the only act in Wer singt für Österreich who are going to put on a show and remind everyone who the boss is. Last year Austria got serious, this year they can relax and have some fun.
Denise: No no no no no…. please do not send this song. It’s just horrible and those wigs and outfits… please we’re living in 2015. It looks like some kind of school play. Austria showed us a good song with a good singer last year, why going back to the worst you have to offer?
Mikhail: I find the song really catchy. It is very unusual to see something like this on stage. It is funky, it is original, but I should also admit that it is kinda awkward. Firstly, I don’t like the electric part. It sounds creepy. Secondly, the combination of all these tricks, like opera women, electro tunes, beats and so on, is a total mess. I wish that Austria will consider something, which deserves to be in the final.
Judit: Oh my God! In this year, the Austrian national final looks like a weird dream. I’m not sure what they thought when they gave to this band a chance. I mean, if my country had won the contest last year, I’d want to show something good to the world again and not something horrible or scary. This performance with this terrible song and those costumes… Really? What would Conchita think about this NF?
Parick: Probably the weirdest act in the NF and this is surely not a good thing. ‘Eighties meets 18th century meets horrible voices – what a shocker. “Absolutio” is absolutely the horrible result of trying to bring a good act for the Eurovision. If we send them, it could turn out amazingly well or amazingly bad – there is nothing between that.
WIWI JURY AVERAGE: 3.72/10
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