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 Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom with “Good Enough”. Are they good enough to win Finland’s selection? Here’s what we think!
Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom – “Good Enough”
“Good Enough” reviews:
Sinan: This better win in Finland! Great music video and great song — which is the most important thing. They are so artistic in the video, I just love it. I can listen to the song again and again and don’t get bored after the first listen.
William: They’re a real-life couple and that chemistry shines through in this delicious power ballad. His voice is very Phil Collins — rich with just the right amount of grit — and that contrasts so nicely with hers, which is so delicate but conceals proper power. Their harmonies are on point. The lyrics are optimistic and hopeful without being overly sentimental. And the melody is memorable and breathtaking. Not ashamed to be a fan boy: I love this.
Edd: This whole production is one ginormous power-ballad heaven. That said, I’m doubtful as to whether they will be able to recreate the epicness without the big budget music video – especially when the song is actually about all that “believing in yourself” rubbish rather than hostages, guns and policemen. I also don’t think Finland should be stooping to foreign songwriters when they have plenty of good songs written by native Finns.
Sam: Physical tears in my eyes – this is what I get from listening to this masterpiece. The lyrics hit close to home, it’s modern, slow but not excruciating, and filled with beautiful harmonies that are beyond words. I think that this collaboration will really pay off for the duo, it’s by far the best song in UMK. P.S. Kimmo Blom, thank you for being yourself this time around.
Luis: Even though power ballads are not my favourite genre, I have to admit that “Good Enough” is indeed more than good enough. While it’s doesn’t bring anything new, the quality and the dynamism of this song compensate for the lack of originality. Annica and Kimmo’s harmonies are superb: if they can translate their vocal chemistry into physical on stage, they’ve got it.
Robyn: Angelo De Nile was one of my favourite acts in UMK 2015, so I’m glad to see him back, even if it’s in his less glam, civilian persona. “Good Enough” is a very traditional sounding male-female duet, but Kimmo and Annica’s voices sound good together, nailing those harmonies. I’d like to see this at the UMK final.
Kristin: Wow…. just wow! This is a dynamic duo! Their voices are perfect together and the contrast couldn’t be better. This caught me right from the start. I’ve always been a sucker for power ballads, but I almost always get a little disappointed by that genre in ESC. But “Good Enough” has completely restored my faith. Raw, beautiful, heartbreaking and powerful. Annica and Kimmo to Stockholm, please.
Antranig: Annica and Kimmo sound amazing together and this is a good song that could become a great song with the right staging. The biggest problem is that it sounded mediocre on first listen and it took time to grow on me — that won’t help their cause at Eurovision with people hearing it for the first time.
Max: Annica and Kimmo’s voices meld beautifully and “Good Enough” is a rousing entry with a soaring chorus. This feels nostalgic but avoids sounding dated. My only concern would be stage presentation; there is a real danger that this type of song ends up looking like something out of a musical, and this is clearly not what you seek in a Eurovision winner.
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 5 and a high of 10.
WIWI JURY SCORE: 7.9/10