They’re coming in like a wrecking ball. The Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — recently gathered in delightful Oslo. There we reviewed the ten acts competing at Melodi Grand Prix, the national selection for Norway at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv. Today the team were feeling a little rock, so we talked about Ammunition and their song “Wrecking Crew”. Can this wrecking crew break our walls? Read on to find out…
Ammunition – “Wrecking Crew”
“Wrecking Crew” reviews
Kristin: Yes, yes, good God, YES! Welcome back Glam..err…I mean Åge Sten. For 12 long years, I have been waiting for another “In My Dreams” moment, and it has finally arrived. This is pure gold. The whistling part in the beginning immediately pulls you in, and then its just full power from there. Ammunition might not be as theatrical as Wig Wam, but the attitude is still there, y’all. Like, love, adore. Now, my main question is: can Åge rock a spandex onesie, like he did back then? Oh, I bet he can!
Chris: True story: 14-year-old Chris wanted Wig Wam to win in 2005 more than anything. So god bless Åge for coming back with something just as enjoyable. Seriously, I just can’t stop smiling when this comes on. It’s nothing new, it’s nothing fancy, but it’s three minutes of pure catchy enjoyment. Please, Norway, send this to Kyiv.
William: The opening whistle sequence suggests fun and anthemic — à la FUN.’s “We Are Young”. But then those dated guitars and brash drums come blaring in like a bull in a china shop. It never recovers and leaves me reaching for earplugs and painkillers. That said, the group formerly known as Wig Wam know how to deliver live and proper staging and could see this making a major impact. I’m voting more on potential than actual love of the song.
Edd: Although rock isn’t my genre, this is enjoyable. The post-chorus whistling is to die for and I’m expecting a wonderfully over-the-top performance. The weak melody means it’s nowhere near as epic as their 2005 entry, but it’s still a solid headbanger. Norway can do better though…
Robyn: I like the sound of these guys. Not only can Ammunition deliver a solid metal tune, but they also sound like they’d be handy with a sledgehammer — both literal and metaphorical. “Wrecking Crew” is like a sea shanty for modern life, a reassurance that no matter how messed up things get, you can always start over. A highlight of MGP 2017! I can’t wait to see this live.
Jordi: Even if I tend to dislike rock songs, this is not the case. Instead, this is impressive. Ammunition are hungry and ready to bring the House down with their rock’n’roll “Wrecking Crew” track. Full of power and energy, there’s no way I cannot slay the dance floor with such a hit. They managed to bring rock without sounding dated and having a perfect spot in today’s radio stations market. This could easily stand out in a yet heavy ballad contest, and the guitars are everything! Shake your hair and rock on!
Florian: The song has interesting elements and definitely stands out compared to the other songs in this year’s selection, but doesn’t go anywhere. Their voices become quite annoying. I can’t see this doing well in Kyiv.
Luis: Wreck the Oslo Spektrum down, Ammunition! These guys give me life, as much as Wig Wam did in 2005. “Wrecking Crew” is one of the most solid songs of the years, and I love how it is metal, but still accessible to everyone. Norway, if you want my unconditional love, choose this. And if you don’t care about my love, because I’m basically no one, just go and choose this anyway. Seriously, it’s the best option in your national selection.
Our jury for Melodi Grand Prix 2017 includes 20 jurors, but we only have room for eight reviews. The remaining 12 scores are listed 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 9.5.