The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — continues to review the songs competing in the grand final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2018. Next we look at Swedish Idol winner Liamoo with his song “Last Breath”. Did it leave us breathless? Read on to find out!
Liamoo – “Last Breath”
“Last Breath” reviews
Anthony: Amidst all the glitz and glamour of Melodifestivalen, LIAMOO turned up to the arena and showed how to deliver a subtle, polished performance whilst the staging is kept to a minimum. Brimming with full of confidence and the vocal talent that won him Swedish Idol, he managed to integrate the rap verses elegantly without cranking up the aggressiveness or the cringe factor.
Antranig: If you’re not a fan of rap, steer clear. If you are, sit back and let Liamoo take you on a three-minute emotional rollercoaster. Lyrically stirring, musically moving and visually appealing, “Last Breath” is a phenomenal entry that would undoubtedly keep Sweden in the top 5. The lyrics bring a tear to my eye and Liamoo has the charisma, swagger, vulnerability and likeability to sell it. Liamoo is the complete package.
Chris: Despite repeated listens, there’s just something not quite clicking on “Last Breath”. There’s a slight disconnect, perhaps, between the emotion in the lyrics and Liamoo’s actual performance. Stylistically, it just seems a bit too produced. Compare it to something like Stormzy’s “Blinded By Your Grace”, for example, and “Last Breath” just doesn’t hit that emotive high.
Luis: “Last Breath” is a well executed, well-performed song that outshines many of this year’s Melfest hot messes. It’s very likeable, even if you’re not really into rap, but it’s also a bit inoffensive. Liamoo is the highlight, he’s so professional and switches from rap to pop with an ease that’s to bow for. Sadly, the song doesn’t reach his potential. It’s as if Liamoo was entering Melodifestivalen with the fifth single from his album.
Natalie: It’s awesome to see such a modern and slicky-produced song here, and Liamoo performs it with such ease. By all means, this should be a front-runner not only for Melfest, but for the whole Eurovision. But there’s something very annoying about this song, and I struggle to find it. It just seems so easily performed that it lacks spark, inspiration, passion. It’s as though Liamoo knows his song is superior and doesn’t feel the need to try. As far as modern hip-hop songs go, there’s nothing here that I haven’t heard on the radio before anyway. I mean it’s excellent – don’t get me wrong – it’s just not pulling at my heartstrings like it should.
William: He’s got a nice voice that works across pop and hip-hop. It’s just a shame that he has to sing this underwhelming track. “Uh-oh-oh-oh” doesn’t count as a climax and the melody isn’t particularly memorable, feeling more like background music than a standalone track. The rap segments feel pedestrian — there’s no thrust or drive, and at times it feels like he’s just half-heartedly chatting. I’m not a fan.
In our Sweden 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 5 and a high of 9.5.