The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has touched down in Tallinn to review the 20 acts competing in Eesti Laul 2018. First up, we tackle Aden Ray with “Everybody’s Dressed”. Is his song a wardrobe malfunction? Read on to find out!
Aden Ray – “Everybody’s Dressed”
“Everybody’s Dressed” reviews
Steinunn: This song has a kind of familiarity to it. I feel like I‘ve heard it before and that I‘ve heard that voice before, but I can’t quite put my finger on where. Still, it doesn’t sound like a copycat, just like a song that was written under the influence of some different musicians and eras. The lyrics are fairly weird, but it’s a comfortable song that can be listened to more than once.
Deban: I love Aiden Ray’s androgynous voice. However, I’m not keen on undressing his pop-rock entry. It plods into a boring chorus, and by the three-minute mark, I’ve forgotten the entire song.
Antranig: The song title had me intrigued and Aden Ray’s vocals are twice as interesting. Unfortunately, the song never gets out of first gear and stalls for three minutes. Aden’s vocals prevent this from becoming entirely forgettable but it is still swallowed up in a sea of more powerful entries. I would like to see Aden Ray come back next year with a more powerful song.
Luis: “Everybody’s dressed” has a weird appeal. It’s as if you’ve put Keane, Maroon 5, a gospel chorus and a random song from Switzerland’s Entscheidungsshow in a mixer. The result is a decent song that on the one hand feels longer than three minutes, but on the other, you want to keep on repeat. I’m confused but delighted.
Robyn: “Everybody’s Dressed” is completely ridiculous, but very likeable. Aden creates a lush atmosphere where everything is smooth and confident. Even when the gospel choir comes in — which could have felt over the top — it fits perfectly. The big question is how “Everybody’s Dressed” will work live. There’s a lot of keep in balance.
Rick: There are songs where you can bear Aden’s voice — but that‘s not the case here. His singing style changes way too often within the song, to make it comfortable to listen to. Besides that, the song production sounds a bit cheap. Towards the end it gets repetitive and you just want to turn it off. It‘s a no for me!
In our Eesti Laul Wiwi Jury, we have 16 jurors but only room for 6 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 3.5 and a high of 9.