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 Miljardid with “Pseudoprobleem”. Did we have a problem with the song? Read on to find out!
Miljardid – “Pseudoprobleem”
Angus: This song doesn’t have a pseudoproblem, it has issues. A sluggish pop-rock hangover from the early ’00s, it fails to land any of the hooks that should draw you in. It plays like an album track you have to endure in a gig to get to the singles you actually like and care about.
Chris: Reminiscent of a handful of (mostly poor) British bands from the ’00s, it doesn’t feel like Miljardid are going to be troubling the top spots of Eesti Laul. That being said, “Pseudoprobleem” is listenable for three minutes and ultimately doesn’t do anything that wrong. It’s just not a winner, and that’s fine.
Deban: “Pseudoprobleem” sounds like a dated Jamiroquai-inspired B-side. Decidedly folk, but lacking in musical direction. It plods on like a jam session without any clear musical purpose. Yes, I respect their right of assembly, but I just wish that it wasn’t at my expense.
Robyn: “Pseudoprobleem” is a bop, but it sounds like Miljardid is on the verge of erupting into a 15-minute jam session. But this “wedding band gone wrong” style works for them. The song throws in all sorts of genres and styles, all tied together with the new wave shoutalong chorus. In the name of all that is good about Eesti Laul, this needs to be in the final.
Sebastian: Beige at its peak, “Pseudoprobleem” is not extraordinary, but extra-ordinary. Super repetitive, a little cringe and travelling nowhere in three minutes, its composition feels like something thrown together by random jamming buskers. There’s little to motivate any kind of emotional response to this entry. Different is always good – but do different, good.
Steinunn: Not the worst song I‘ve heard, I actually quite like it. But I‘m finding it difficult to imagine it working live on TV. It has a rather nonchalant and lazy feel to it, like the band needs you to know that they aren’t too serious about it. Maybe that works in some small and crowded club in a dingy basement filled with smoke and smelling like stale alcohol, but they might find it difficult to reflect that on live TV. Maybe Eurovision just isn’t the right place for it.
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 2 and a high of 8.