Ahead the second heat of Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2016, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — will review all the competing songs. Today we are listening to Cristal Snow with “Love Is Blind”. Are we blinded by the love for Cristal? Read our reviews!
CRISTAL SNOW – “LOVE IS BLIND”
“Love Is Blind” reviews:
William: Lyrically complex and musically arresting, this is perhaps my favourite song in the contest. Mr Snow doesn’t look at love through rose-tinted glasses. He takes it for what it is — frustrating, irrational and stifling, but if you’re lucky, worth all that trouble. The “twisted romance” comes with some killer production that layers optimism and hope over a mysterious, almost dark backing. Cristal’s delivery has just the right amount of madness — he shrieks without shrieking — and by the time the choral backing comes in, I’m in heaven. Modern, brooding and ultimately quite sweet, this deserves a shot at Stockholm.
Edd: An enjoyable, well-produced pop ballad — but nothing revolutionary here. Unfortunately, his over-the-top looks and camp voice don’t work with a serious ballad like this, and its comes across as a confused Perez Hilton parody. I trust it to be a thoroughly entertaining three minutes on stage, but as more of a weak gimmick act than a quality, serious entry.
Sam: If “The Great Gatsby” was adapted into a four-minute homoerotic music video, this would be it. The production is stunning, I can picture it taking place in a modern-day West Egg. And the song’s quality matches it perfectly, depressing and heavy-hearted, yet with a glimpse of optimism. “Love Is Blind” is a true contender for Finland’s ticket to a high place in Stockholm, as long as Cristal can keep his audience captivated.
Luis: Everything in this song sounds (and looks) expensive and well produced, but I fear this might not be enough. It’s mainly the music video and the lyrics what make this song stand out, so in a live performance in front of 200 million people most of which don’t speak English, I’m afraid it might get lost. Apart from that, Cristal’s voice is not particularly striking, and the beat of the song gets monotonous in the end, so in a way, what this act gains from the video, it loses it when it’s just the song.
Robyn: I’m vexed. The “Love is Blind” music video is incredible, a gothic, dramatic, sexy and spooky examination of the song themes. But the song… it’s pretty ordinary. Cristal Snow doesn’t have the strongest voice, and “Love is Blind” ends up sounding especially dull in the chorus. It could be lifted with staging in a similar theme to the music video, but as a Eurovision entry, it’s just not of a high enough standard.
Kristin: I agree with Robyn — the song itself is not that strong, but the lyrics and the message behind is breathtaking! Count on the Finns to ruffle some conservative feathers in Europe and doing it beautifully. I don’t see it go all the way across the boarders, although anything is possible, but the beauty of story that the song portrays is sending shivers down my spine. It’s simply divine, and I do wish Cristal all the best, albeit him not being a possible winner, as yet.
Sinan: I like the message that the song is giving to all listening. Actually I like the song, but in some places I’m getting tired, I do not know why such a feeling arises in me. It’s like I’ve heard it many times and I was pissed off, and I should’ve listen to it again to review it.
Antranig: Cristal Snow takes on the theme of homosexuality with aplomb. Some of the lyrics — such as “you look like Jesus but you taste like sin” — are incredible. Unfortunately, unlike Saara Aalto’s “No Fear” — which has gay anthem written all over it — there is absolutely no subtlety here. It’s too literal, too intense and just too much of everything.
Max: “Love is Blind” is a strong, entry which demonstrates real progression, but I can’t get over the monotony of Cristal’s voice. The slick video promises a high-quality stage performance, but I don’t hold out high hopes for the live vocal. This definitely wouldn’t bomb at Eurovision, but there are better options for Finland.
In the Finnish Wiwi Jury we have 17 jurors but only have room for 9 reviews. The remaining eight 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 1.5 and a high of 9.5.
WIWI JURY SCORE: 6.13/10