The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to listen to and rank the 20 songs competing in Eesti Laul 2018. Next is Nika with her song “Knock Knock”. Were we done, done, done, done with it? Read on to find out!
Nika – “Knock Knock”
“Knock Knock” reviews
Rick: After listening to this it feels like you‘ve listened to five different songs! Although every song-part on its own sounds great, the combination of them is just too much! Nika overdid it by having too many ideas for only one song. So although it‘s interesting and fresh, this confuses me.
Robyn: It’s an odd year when this is one of the strongest entries in Eesti Laul. “Knock Knock” has edge and artpop weirdness, but it’s the same style Sia has taken to the top of the charts. The driving piano song grounds the song as the electronic sounds and Nka’s voice swirls around. There’s potential for a captivating live performance, making Nika one to watch.
Barnabas: A very interesting package of dark pop, which keeps changing as the track goes on! The dubstep theme is followed by a piano-driven one, then they’re both mixed. It’s just so well-composed that it could be a dark horse!
Deban: Clever use of vocoder paired with fresh modern beats. Nika may be a newcomer to Eesti Laul, but her self-written debut packs a punch, and she mixes it up with attitude at the same time. Her swagger is real, and I’m loving her gusto.
Jovana: Even if you don’t like “Knock Knock”, you have to appreciate Nika for trying to be different. This definitely is different, in fact, it sounds like it has several different songs within itself! And for me it works, I feel like all those pieces made in different styles come together in a perfect puzzle. However, unfortunately, it can happen that the viewers will find it somewhat confusing and that it would suffer the fate of “Icebreaker”.
Lukas: This song starts promising but when it hits the chorus, it just goes downhill. The rap part doesn‘t work here at all and the entire song just has too many different styles. The best part is the pre-chorus but everything else just needs to be changed. Nika‘s voice is nice and quite different so that brings this song a bit up.
In our Eesti Laul Wiwi Jury, we have 15 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 8.5.