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 Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing (ft. Wateva) with “Young”. Were we feeling their youth? Read on to find out!
Karl Kristjan & Karl Killing (ft. Wateva) – “Young”
Angus: Equal parts Shawn Mendes sunshine guitar-pop and filthy electropop Justin Bieber dance banger, “Young” seamlessly blends two of the most popular contemporary sounds, producing a promising end package that stands out from this year’s end lineup. Smartly showing off vocal ability, technical prowess and heavily flexed pop muscles, it’s one of the standouts from Eesti Laul 2018.
Chris: This is probably the most listenable, chart-friendly song from the Eesti Laul group. “Young” doesn’t do anything new in terms of chart music, though, but it would be something new for Estonia at Eurovision. Whether the Karl’s can make the song work live is another question.
Deban: Boy band type verses paired with a cyborg chorus. This would’ve been interesting ten years ago, but its derivative at best in 2018. However, a deeper peek into the lyrical structure unveils more shocking reality. The waters here are as shallow as a puddle!
Luis: These guys are not even in their thirties and they’re claiming they need to stay young one last time. We have a term for that in Spanish: Viejoven (Young-old). There’s an Ojete Calor song with that name. Go check it, those three minutes will be much worthier than those you spent listening to this. “Young” is a generic entry with little more to offer than cringy lyrics and a cute lyric video.
Robyn: So here are a bunch of 20-somethings singing about how they don’t like being “old’ and how they wish they were “young”. Honestly. Bishes, look in the mirror and enjoy your youth and stop complaining because one day you will wake up and you’ll look and feel like a corpse and you’ll wish you were a spritely 25. Lyrically, I don’t have time for this mess. Musically, it’s a generic pop track from 2016.
Steinunn: The title of the song says it all, young. But not in a good way. Young guys reminiscing about their younger days and how they still haven‘t found their path in life at 25. Yawn. The song also sounds like it‘s too young and needs a bit of maturing before entering what adults call life. The two Karls and Mr Whateva sure are cute though.
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 and a high of 8.5.