When Estonia calls, we just have to answer. So the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues reviewing the songs competing in Eesti Laul 2017 — the country’s always-edgy Eurovision selection. Next up is Uku Suviste with “Supernatural”. Did we pick up on his mysterious vibes? Read on to find out!
Uku Suviste – “Supernatural”
William: The opening is electronic, on-trend and expensive. But then it slowly descends into sleaze and schmaltz with lyrics like “that body’s sexual the way you work it.” Well, thank you. I could look past that if there were a super catchy hook, but there’s not. This teases, but doesn’t get us to climax.
Mikhail: It’s a pretty cool track and one full of energy and sex appeal. “I’m lost in your voodoo stuff”? Yes! This line is everything! I love that game of words even though it’s over the top. Though I must say that the chorus gets a bit annoying, especially the word “supernatural”. Even if I grow a bit indifferent to this, Imma go watch some episodes of Supernatural!
Anthony: “Supernatural” has the ingredients to be a chart-friendly club banger ready for the summer ahead, but add Uku’s vocals and it feels disjointed. The questionable lyrics don’t help either, even though UMK’s Günther took it to the extreme. This doesn’t bode well as a Eurovision entry unless Uku proves me wrong and pulls off a convincing performance at Eesti Laul.
Chris: There’s flashes of a good song here: the beat is certainly friendly to tap your foot along to. Unfortunately, it’s an all too familiar beat: it’s like someone took a 90s boyband tune and tried to remix it for now. The lyrics are poor (“voodoo stuff” being a particularly lame duck) and Uku will need to do a lot on stage to sell this one. Ultimately, too many issues weigh this track down.
Robyn: Sexy song lyrics are all well and good, but let’s just think how a lyric like “That body’s sexual, the way you work it” would play out to the kids of Europe. Yeah… But that aside, while “Supernatural” does have a cool modern sound, as a song, it just isn’t substantial enough. It’s too repetitive and the chorus sounds like it would really rather be instrumental. It just doesn’t work.
Bernardo: The sad reality about “Supernatural” is that one minute in, I completely forgot the song was playing. With such a strong opening in terms of production, I was expecting a pop-explosion — and it didn’t happen. Despite being a trendy genre at the moment, the lack of lyrical cohesion and meaning destroys what could perfectly be an ok track.
Patrick: Handsome fella, modern pop sound, a light show and good dance moves — that’s worked out well most of the time at Eurovision. Uku has a good start by having the looks. Talking about the song I am unsure how to rate it. “Supernatural” has a modern sound, gives you a good vibe and at Euroclub it would work its magic. But on the other hand, something is missing. I don’t really know what it is but after two minutes I am quite bored and just waiting until it’s over. Doesn’t mean it’s bad, just probably not enough for Kyiv.
Luis: A perfectly fine pop-track with an underwhelming chorus and a lazy bridge. That’s so 2016. Unfortunately, it’s probably the musical trend I want to forget the most from last year. The whole package is easy to listen, but passes unnoticed. The only thing I remember after a few listens is the line about “that body being sexual, the way he/she works it, oh”. That’s quite poor as a highlight.
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 2 and a high of 9.