It’s our fourth day on the Latvia Wiwi Jury, as our team of music un-professionals looks at the acts of Supernova 2018. And whilst we enjoyed some traditional Latvian maizes zupa (that’s a dessert of bread soup!), we also took the time to listen to Edgars Kreilis with his entry, “Younger Days”.
Edgars will be a familiar face to those watching Supernova 2017, where he placed 8th in the first heat with “We Are Angels”. Since then, he finished 6th in the first season on X Faktors in Latvia.
Edgars Kreilis — “Younger Days”
“Youngers Days” Reviews
Bernardo: “Younger Days” is a decent pop production. Not overly produced and it allows Edgars smooth voice to shine. Like all pop productions, this will be heavily influenced by the stating. It can either elevate the song or destroy it’s chances. It brings nothing new to the table, but in a rather weak selection, it’s a standout.
Antranig: “Younger Days” sounds very current and could do very well at Eurovision. Some of the lyrics are very clumsy and they would need to be tidied up if this took to the stage in Lisbon. I also believe this needs a more powerful final chorus to really hammer it home. Ultimately, this is far from perfect and not my personal favourite, but has all the ingredients to be Latvia’s best choice.
Luis: There are many generic pop tracks in this year’s Supernova field, and “Younger Days” is another one. However, Edgars has got some things right. You know where this is going from the first moment and the beat is distinctive. The lyrics aren’t bad and he’s not trying to add unnecessary flourishes. The chorus may be repetitive, but at least it’s effective.
Chris: Last year, Edgars’ entry “We Are Angels” had an alright beat with some poorly-worded lyrics. This year, “Younger Days” has a much stronger tune, but the lyrics have taken an even sharper nosedive. The chorus is just a mishmash of nonsensical phrases. If Edgars had taken a little more care, this could have been a contender.
Edgars: Edgars made the right choice by participating in X Factor. It’s given him some boost of confidence and therefore, he returns to Supernova as one of the favourites to win this competition. But that will only work in Latvia. In Lisbon, this would get some votes from neighbours and stay in the semis.
Robyn: There’s a lot to like about “Younger Days”. It has a modern electropop sound, Edgars’ voice is smooth and expressive and there’s a good sense of storytelling in the verses. The biggest weakness is the jury-unfriendly chorus format — just “younger days” repeated over and over. But Edgars seems like a compelling performer and could bring more in the live show.
Natalie: You can assume what Edgars tried to do here is to go with the tropical summery dance vibe that it’s in right now. At the same time, he wanted to write a dreamy pop song about running away with his sister. It’s a really sweet idea. But it’s not catchy or energetic, and the lyrics are way too weird to get into. It really misses the mark. The electronic riff also just comes off as grating and annoying.
In our Latvia Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for 7 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 9.
WIWI JURY VERDICT: 6.79/10
With that score, Edgars goes sailing in to the lead of the Wiwi Jury. Do you think any song can top “Younger Days”? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!