Estonia, calling! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues reviewing the songs competing in Eesti Laul 2017. Next up is Daniel Levi with “All I Need”. Was he what we needed? Read on to find out!
Daniel Levi – “All I Need”
“All I Need” reviews
Steinunn: “All I Need” is a rather fun and perky pop song. But it’s actually Daniel’s voice that keeps me coming back to this. There’s something about his falsetto that makes me melt, and my insides are usually frozen pretty solid. Even though the song is fun, I still wish that Daniel would have gotten a stronger song because then we definitely would have a winner here.
Antranig: Daniel Levi has an incredible voice — I could listen to it for hours. The song is quite enjoyable without hitting top gear. The verses are great as is but the chorus needs a lot more power. The lyrics are nothing amazing but who doesn’t want to hear Daniel say “the thought of you is all I need”? Overall, one of the better entries in Estonia.
Chris: I imagine Daniel Levi was cursing his luck when he noticed Elina Born was stood in his way once more at Eesti Laul. Unfortunately, this year I doubt that he’ll be anywhere close to Elina at the end. “All I Need” doesn’t have the anthemic quality that helped “Burning Lights” get to the superfinal in 2015. Ultimately, the song sounds too generic and lacks a punch which means it drags by the final chorus. Daniel does come alive on stage though, which might help push this song along a bit further.
Luis: “All I need” is certainly enjoyable. I could have this on repeat for a while: the song is light and fresh and Daniel’s vocals are smooth and sexy… but I’m afraid that’s all. It falls a bit short of what it takes to be a Eurovision song. The chorus is not exactly weak, although it isn’t the most engaging thing on Earth. In short, he sounds great for a radio or for an airplay chart, but not for a big stage.
Robyn: This is one of my favourite songs in Eesti Laul this year, but that doesn’t quite mean it’s a surefire winner. “All I Need” has a big, bold pop soul sound, but also sounds like it’s covered itself in sticky treacle and rolled around in every musical trend of 2016. The song demands a really big chorus, but it doesn’t quite get there. It’s close, though.
Anthony: It’s becoming the Groundhog Day moment of Eesti Laul for Daniel Levi, with Elina Born competing in the same year. “All I Need” gives us glimpses of the Daniel we saw from his 2015 debut, but clearly lacks impact compared to the brilliant “Burning Lights”, especially the chorus. Daniel’s got a tougher task ahead of him, let alone a potential re-match with Elina.
William: His voice is everything. It’s deeper than the ocean and I’m happy to strip down, jump in and swim in it for hours. The American-born singer is on-trend with this, mixing soul, pop and R&B to great effect. The electro production gives it Nordic edge, but this song could work in the U.S., the U.K. and beyond. And while I obviously see its merits, it doesn’t make me want to move or pump my fists or press replay. For whatever reason it’s leaving me a little cold. I feel like I’ve heard it all before.
Zakaria: This entry is quite fun and enjoyable. The verses are not memorable, however the chorus builds very well and Daniel’s voice fits the song very well. On the other hand, the song becomes a little repetitive towards the end and doesn’t have a lasting impact on the listener. All in all, it’s a nice entry but not suitable for Eurovision.
In our Eesti Laul Wiwi Jury, we have 20 jurors but only room for 8 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 8.