Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – gathered in Reykjavik to discuss the contestants participating in Söngvakeppnin 2016, the national selection for Iceland at Eurovision 2016. Today we look at Greta Salóme with her song “The Voices”. Can we never forget her performance in Baku, or are the voices telling us to forget? Read on to find out…
GRETA SALÓME – “THE VOICES”
“THE VOICES” REVIEWS
Antranig: 2016 is shaping up as the year of returning artists and there are very few people I’d like to see come back more than Greta Salóme. “The Voices” has a haunting effect through the verses before hammering home a catchy chorus. All of the different instruments that come in work very well together, especially those drums. Get her back to Eurovision immediately!
Robyn: “Never Forget” was one of my favourite songs from 2012, but I’m just not feeling this. It seems heavily inspired by the folky Americana sound of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s “Home”, a song that helped define the folk-pop sound of first half of this decade. But now that sound is feeling tired. “The Voices” is a totally adequate song performed by a great musical artist, but it’s just so bland.
Josh: Naturally, everyone is going to compare this to “Never Forget” in 2012, and unfortunately “The Voices” misses the mark for me completely. We’ve seen Greta Salóme deliver power, and this song feels like a blackout. The folky sounds are too common in Söngvakeppnin 2016 and I’d expect something different and with more wow-factor from Greta. Disappointing!
William: I don’t know what glacier she was born on, but it is clearly a magical place. How else can you explain the inspired sounds of this delightful folk ditty? Despite its strong roots in Icelandic tradition, this song taps into something primal and universal — yet swells with modern instrumentation and production. Polish housewives, Carpathian mountain men, Swedish dancing queens — I challenge anyone to ignore The Voices. My #1 for Iceland.
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