Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury— our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Madrid for a party night out at Malasaña. While seating at an indie pub with live music, we reviewed the contestants of Objetivo Eurovisión, Spain’s National Final for Stockholm. Today, we are commenting on Electric Nana with “Now”. Did we like Electric Nana right now or will we wait for her another year? Read on to find out…
ELECTRIC NANA – “NOW”
Angus: “Now” just feels completely mediocre. It tries to do rock but just falls short of the hurdle. The vocal isn’t quite harsh enough, the hook is catchy but too repetitive and the entire thing feels like more of a throwback than an entry for 2016.
Antranig: I have a thing for fierce Eurovision rock chicks and Electric Nana fits the mould perfectly. This song could come straight from the soundtrack of car racing game. This would be such a huge departure from the usual Spanish ballad but it is edgy enough to be memorable. My only criticism is that it is so short — give me a full three minutes’ worth!
Cristian: An entry like “Now” for Spain would be seriously shocking. It has nothing to do with Spain, but actually I don’t know if I can consider it good or bad quality. Spain often entered traditional songs tied to their music world and often didn’t get satisfying results. However, I don’t think “Now” is the right choice to try something different. A bit rocky, a bit electric, catchy as well but it becomes easily annoying.
Diego: Here it comes the sexy alternative rocker girl to turn the contest upside down. No country for dated songs, y’all! I wasn’t sure whether I wanted Electric Nana’s indie-rock style to wipe out every single trace of old-fashioned Spanish acts from years past, but … I kinda like it now. Sadly, being forced to have part of the lyrics in Spanish sounds really cringy to me.
Edd: While she has a punchy chorus, the verses sound like they were made in two minutes on Ralph Siegel’s backup keyboard. I can see this coming together a bit better live, but I still can’t see it doing well at Eurovision. And remaining countries need to do all that’s in their power to avoid sending rock songs after Cyprus, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia and now Belarus’ choices.
Luis: I felt so let down when I heard the whole song. The snippet (and hence, the chorus) was so freaking good, but the rest of the song is not at the same level. While the chorus is a total killer, the rest of the song feels really pedestrian. I convinced myself this is just the first version and that the verses can be very much polished until Stockholm (does anybody remember how “Dancing in the Rain” was at the beginning?). So I hope Electric Nana lives up to my expectations and that she manages to keep the punch of her chorus through the 2:20 minutes.
Max: “Now” is an excitingly off-beat, ’80s-inspired entry that strikes a perfect balance between originality and catchiness, which is no mean feat. I can imagine Paramore recording this song and having massive success with it — the production is top notch. I love the mix of languages as well. The interwoven French and Spanish feel organic and not forced at all. I’m not sure that it has the winning potential of Barei’s “Say Yay!”, but I’m loving this just that little bit more at the moment. It’s a little short, though. Why not use the whole three minutes?
Robyn: There’s so much fun and energy in this song, but it ends up feeling pretty superficial. It’s a bit like “Say Yay!” in that there’s a really full-on, repetitive chorus that doesn’t really say anything. The Spanish verse sounds tacked on, but that might just be a result of a last-minute production edit. All up, it feels like an Ashley Simpson B-side from 2004.
Sami: She sounds like a real rock chick, but the song is such a let down. The chorus is extremely annoying, even though it’s easy to sing along and therefore makes the song at least a bit memorable. However, the whole song feels a bit lazy and being only a bit over two minutes, it feels like they didn’t bother to actually even finish the track but sent a demo version to the contest and hoped for the best.
William: Electric Nana strives to be edgy, dark and just a little angry — and at at times she succeeds. The pulsating repetition of oh-oh-oh-oh-oh sets the song into overdrive and almost seems hormonal. But it’s a bad sign that the backing is what’s most memorable. Electric Nana, while a lovely singer, has high-pitched vocals that ultimately sound happy rather than enraged. For me it just doesn’t add up.
In the Spanish Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors, but only have room for 10 reviews. The remaining 12 scores are below!
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 9.5.