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 are Púr Múdd with their song “Meet Halfway”. They’re using club mixes to bring us a story about boy. Did we get it? Read about it below!

PÚR MÚDD — “MEET HALFWAY”

“MEET HALFWAY” REVIEWS

Mikhail: From the first note, the singer’s voice became a bit off-putting for me. It doesn’t even seem that he is singing, but talking in tune. Overall the song is going feels very flat and doesn’t engage you into the listening process. It goes on and on and on and what’s left for you to say is “Okay, next please!”

Score: 4.5/10

Robyn: The song starts off being quite gothic, has a brief delicate moment, before it erupts into a Coldplay crossed with dubstep sound. And it’s really good. I’m not sure how this will come across live, though. A song like this needs a charismatic frontman, not a moody goth. Can Púr Múdd deliver?

Score: 7/10

Deban: The first minute was somewhat engaging, but three minutes of this is overaggressive. The vocal delivery offers a subtle variation, but when set against the dubstep background, it reads like a clash of ideas. “Meet Halfway” has overstepped the mark.

Score: 3/10

Angus: This is way too lethargic vocally to warrant such energetic production. It is unclear whether “Meet Halfway” is meant to lull you to sleep or have you raving the night away. This is just too plodding to really get lift off.

Score: 4.5/10

Patrick: Electric trash. Nothing special. Hurried, confused, distressed — a mess.

Score: 1/10

Luis: Glad to see Chris Martin is trying his luck at Eesti Laul. “Meet Halfway” is a cool song, even though I’m not too much into dubstep. In a way, it reminds me of Disclosure, which is one of the few dubstep acts I like, so that’s extra points for me. It’ll be interesting to see how they perform live: it’s going to be the key point for this song’s fortune.

Score: 7/10

George: “Meet Halfway” is indeed a good song, but not really my style. Although his voice is quite nice, it gets lost in that dubstep hodgepodge which is too much for me. I doubt that the live performance is going capture the studio sound. As for the score, we’ll “meet halfway”…

Score: 5/10

Cristian: At first I thought “Is this a minimal futuristic song? That’s interesting!” and then… It becomes a chaotic troublesome track that stuns me. And that voice… so tedious!

Score: 3/10

Sinan: I do not know why, but when there is dubstep in a song, I do not like it much. I liked the beginning of the song a lot, but when the dubstep started, it spoiled everything. If this song was a ballad, it would be better. Let’s see how it will be presented at the selection.

Score: 5.5/10

Renske: After an amazing intro and first verse, the chorus is a bit of a let down to me. The song doesn’t fit as one piece, and the verses come off a bit too monotonous. In the end, I think this could do either very well, or very poorly.

Score: 6/10

“MEET HALFWAY” SCORES

Bogdan: 7/10

Josh: 8/10

Bernardo: 7/10

Kristin: 8/10

Antranig: 6/10

Anthony: 7/10

Denise: 4/10

William: 4.5/10

Zakaria: 3/10

Dayana: 8/10

The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 1 and a high of 8.

WIWI JURY VERDICT: 5.56/10

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Pavel
Pavel
5 years ago

This is gold.
Laura, on the other hand, is rubbish, the epitomy of cliche and boredom.

Héctor
Héctor
5 years ago

This song has something special which draws my attention, also it could be part of the FIFA videogame’s soundtrack. Not my favourite, but I really like it!

7.5/10

aari
aari
5 years ago

not liking it, what’s up with this electro pop theme in EL this year, i quite liked when we had actually instruments being played without horrible songs written in English (I prefer to send an entry sung in Estonian)

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
5 years ago

@Ewan I mean, the author always writes that the jury is an “in-house panel of music unprofessionals”

Levi21
Levi21
5 years ago

Really underrated, it’s my favourite from the whole Eesti Laul. I really hope that they will go to Stockholm with this song, but I’m afraid that Laura will win with her boring and cliché song.

Ewan
Ewan
5 years ago

So good to see a lot of the jury showing off their lack of musical knowledge by referring to the chorus as dubstep, thereby lumping it with skrillex and other actual dubstep songs that seem to automatically divide opinions among many people. The chorus is way more DnB inspired, and many dnb tracks have that juxtaposition of a fast drum beat over a smoother melody line. I find this combination amazing and this songs chorus let’s me sink down into the music and enjoy it all. I admit the verses are a little Coldplay-ish which isn’t the best, they could… Read more »

Hollandique
Hollandique
5 years ago

I love it! The performance itself should resemble some of the live performances from Rudimental and Disclosure, and will be visually appealing. Maybe they should consider using backdrop and lighting effects rather than dancers on stage.

Steven Keenan
Steven Keenan
5 years ago

This just never goes up a notch ;-;

BB
BB
5 years ago

8.5/10
I like it !