We are getting close to Estonia’s national selection for Eurovision Eesti Laul 2016, which kicks off on February 13. In recent weeks the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has been listening to and reviewing all of the songs. Next up is Grete Paia with her song “Stories Untold”. She came second in 2013 and now she is back trying to grab a victory. Are we ready to give it to her? Read and find out!
GRETE PAIA — “STORIES UNTOLD”
“STORIES UNTOLD” REVIEWS
Mikhail: The song has quality in it, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is quite boring. It is flat, it is the same throughout the whole song and has nothing to focus on. Just average, just a nice background, but not for listening to enjoy.
Josh: I’m thrilled to see Grete Paia back at Eesti Laul this year. “Stories Untold” is a mesmerising, dark pop song that oozes attitude and maleficence. There’s definitely some similarities with “Fire Meet Gasoline” by Sia within this track, but I think this song stands well on its own and could do quite well in the live show.
Cristian: As Josh said, we can definitely hear similarities with that Sia track but honestly I’ve found also a bit of “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri in the melody of this song. Actually I don’t like when singers try to copy successful solutions from others, so even if this entry sounds good and solid my vote is a bit lower.
Luis: I’m sorry but I’m not really keen to hear Grete’s untold stories. It began quite nice, with a very appealing dark atmosphere, but then it evolved into a generic R&B tune with a very cheap beat and a long, plain chorus. I’m not buying it.
Bogdan: I see — or, rather, hear — why many fans find this dark and poetic song as one of the frontrunners in the Estonian selection. However, something about Grete’s clean, detached rendition and the familiar sound of “Stories Untold” doesn’t convince me. Perhaps I will be a convert once she performs it live, but until then I am on the fence with this one.
Patrick: Yes, even I heard the Sia similarity, but guys I really don’t care cause it’s Grete Paia. How dissapointed I was in 2013 when she only came second. Anyway, she is the queen, no doubt! Her song starts dark and has some mysteries in it but then it starts being really nice. I don’t have a better word than nice ’cause how can I describe it? Grete will surely do well, if not win the whole thing. Surely one out of the best, if not the best. GO GRETE
Kristin: Starts out very promising, but the chorus is a little weak. What could have become a dark and gothic dance number, suddenly turned into a middle-of-the-road pop song. But Greta’s voice is good, and I would have wanted her to use it just a tad more. “Untold Stories” is missing the edgy sound it should have, and probably was supposed to. It’s mediocre at best.
Anthony: I was with the many disappointed fans when Grete Paia agonizingly lost out in 2013, so it’s great to see her back. And just like last time, composer Sven Lõhmus has again worked wonders with the returnee. Well produced and wonderfully deep, “Stories Untold” has that hint of a Sia vibe and it’s another fantastic pop song.
Sinan: YAAAS OMG!! That is the song which Estonian people should choose for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016! It is Eurovision style, and I can just imagine how it could be performed on the stage this year. The song grabbed me from the first listen, which is very important because you have exactly three minutes to impress the audience. Wish her best of luck – I hope she wins!
George: “Stories Untold” begins really nice, but the more story I learn, the more I want to stop listening to it. I believe it’s yet another attempt to make a track out of several international hits that’s gone wrong. It combines too many things and the result is just too messy for me.
“STORIES UNTOLD” SCORES
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 5 and a high of 10.