Wiwi Jury, our in-house panel of music unprofessionals, is in Chisinau and is busy reviewing the songs from Moldova’s national selection O melodie pentru Europa 2017. We continue with Sunstroke Project, the Eurovision legends who are returning to the contest with the song “Hey Mamma”. Is it a worthy contender for Moldova’s ticket to Kyiv or will it make us want to “Run Away”? Let’s find out!
Sunstroke Project – “Hey Mamma”
Sunstroke Project – “Hey Mamma” reviews
William: “Mamma mamma don’t be so down” is one of the best phrases of this year’s selection season. Probing the most complicated of relationships, the lead singer seeks approval from his disapproving mother-in-law, who seems to cast a very long shadow over his love life. Thankfully his mom can be proud he’s brought one of the few remotely current songs to Moldova’s selection. I would never download this, but I’d happily listen to it in an animated film about tropical animals or while sipping cocktails in Ibiza. Everything is relative, and in Moldova this really shines.
Bogdan: Probably the most ambitious production in this year’s national selection, “Hey Mamma” marks the best comeback of Sunstroke Project since 2010. While I didn’t really enjoy the song at first listen, it’s a grower. It’s still not my favourite Moldovan song this year (that honour goes to “Discover Moldova”), but I wouldn’t mind it if this wins O melodie pentru Europa 2017.
Chris: This is arguably one of the “better” options for Moldova, which is slightly worrying. “Hey Mamma” is not a patch on their 2010 effort, but Sunstroke Project at least don’t embarrass themselves here. The staging in the actual semi-final and onward will no doubt be stronger. The sax is played out, but at least it’s an enjoyable break and, to give them credit, does lift the song a little.
Robyn: The pop drop is proving difficult for potential Eurovision songs — just what do you do on stage during the long instrumental breaks? Sunstroke Project has discovered the solution: you send in Epic Sax Guy. It requires a bit of imagination with just the singer performing at the audition, but this should come together nicely at the semi-final.
Deban: Sunstroke Project have refused to take the hint. Their continuous appearances at televised shows asserts them further as a one-trick pony. The middle-eight saxophone moment in “Hey Mamma” is as dated as their back catalogue. Should this win O melodie pentru Europa? Moldova, please choose carefully.
In our Moldova Wiwi Jury, we have 17 jurors but only room for 5 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 3 and a high of 8.5.