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 Laura with her song “Supersonic”. She brings electro-pop and a little bit of supersonic speed to the table. Did we catch her wave? Read and fnd out!
LAURA — “SUPERSONIC”
Mikhail: It is a decent pop song, but for me something is missing. There is no hook and I don’t know what to put my eye on. And let’s not talk about the lyrics. Why are we “supersonic”? A strong song, nevertheless, but it gets pretty boring at the end.
Deban: “Supersonic” touches on life’s serious issues, but handles it in a vapid way. That said, Laura has successfully lodged her entry in my brain. Insanely catchy, danceable and packed with fiery key change, this track doesn’t just want you to like it — it insists that you love it.
Bogdan: I’ve had this song on repeat since I first listened to it. It ticks all my musical boxes. Electropop? Yes. Dark lyrics? Uh-huh. Haunting vocals? Yes. Charismatic singer? Hello! Head-bopping rhythms? Yeah! Dramatic key change? Yep. I am even going to ignore some clumsy lyrics like “we must have to choose”, because musically “Supersonic” is pop perfection.
Kristin: This is quite a good entry. Electro pop at its finest. Its a lot stronger than Grete Paia’s song and is a brilliant candidate for Stockholm. It has a certain sound that appeals to me, even though I just can’t figure out why. Laura is a great singer, and if this delivers live on stage, she’s a strong leader this year.
Cristian: Would I like to listen “Supersonic” on the stage of the Globen Arena? Absolutely yes. This is one of those songs that’s beautiful in the studio version and just amazing live. It’s a track that would suddenly get a spot in my personal top 10.
Antranig: If you can overlook the fact that the lyrics make no sense at the best of times, this is a top quality entry. It is extremely catchy and Laura’s voice works wonderfully with the song. I would love to see Laura take “Supersonic” to Stockholm but if she does win Eesti Laul, those lyrics will need a major overhaul.
Renske: In both production values and songwise, I think “Supersonic” is the best song in the selection. For once, the whole song is enjoyable. It does not only have an amazing chorus, but also good verses and a proper instrumentation. I think this could even win Eesti Laul, if the performance is strong enough.
Anthony: Like Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, Moonwalk Studios and composer Sven Lõhmus are Estonia’s very own strike partnership with their musical firepower. Just as they did with Grete Paia, they’ve combined to produce this stunning electropop entry. It’s no doubt Laura’s strongest entry to date. Her staging and live performance will be crucial if she’s to do well.
Zakaria: Another example of songwriters who believe that assembling difficult and non-related words in one sentence make great lyrics. I quite enjoyed listening to this one after going through the otherwise depressing entries in Eesti Laul. The chorus is infectious and Laura’s voice fits in very well. I think it’s all gonna come down to the stage performance.
William: Sometimes the pills don’t work, but sometimes they do. In this instance it’s hard for me to decide where the medicine fell. On the one hand the melody, the voice and the shape slay — this is modern, catchy and, in some weird way, motivating. The lyrics, on the other hand, are a hot mess: we’re only “dirt in the road”…but “we’re supersonic” and should be writing poetry. A catchy if confused entry, but one I enjoy listening to.
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 5 and a high of 10.