The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we journey to Belgium where Laura Groeseneken aka Sennek has the dramatic “A Matter of Time”. Did we think she was licenced to thrill? Read on to find out!
Sennek – “A Matter of Time”
“A Matter of Time” reviews
Deban: Oozing sophistication and polish — “A Matter Of Time” stands tall as one of Eurovision 2018’s standout entries. Groeseneken steers her craft with ease by delivering a track which straddles several decades of easy-listening pop. Furthermore, this composition beholds a rare quality that slowly unfolds beautifully on stage and on screen.
Jordi: Sophisticated at its finest, Sennek’s “A Matter of Time” is ready to hit Eurovision as only Belgium could do it – again! With a slow boiling tempo and a flair for drama, Sennek captivates since the very first notes by crafting such an epic tune. This song just flows soulfully, inviting and driving the listener to a journey of proper mystery and edginess, with doses of orchestral pleasure. We know Belgium delivers when it comes to the main stage. And by having that and this year’s offering, the small but powerful country is again a strong contender for the win! Bravísima!
Kristin: “A Matter of Time” is a surprisingly refreshing tune, considering this type of music. It indeed takes a subtle nod to Bond themes through the years, but there is also a lot of Portishead going on, and a hint of Catatonia. The ’90s indie-pop darlings are now combined in a modern song, which oozes coolness. Last year, Blanche seemed moody and depressed while Sennek is her complete opposite, with her approachable persona and a bright voice which is also dark underneath. Belgium should expect similar results as last year because this is top-ten material.
Padraig: The Bond comparisons are undeniable, yet it would be lazy to dismiss “A Matter of Time” as a mere knock-off. Every element of the track oozes a class that other supposedly Bond-style entries – Georgia 2017, Albania 2016 – could only dream of. Where big-lunged divas bully us into submission with their sheer vocal power, Sennek’s indie sensibilities allow her to add layers of nuance. And while it takes some time for the song to build, it lingers on long after the final note ends.
Renske: Ja! Sennek really took off where Blanche ended last year. “A Matter Of Time” is totally what I hope Sennek’s entry would be and she is totally delivering it. She has an amazing voice and with the right staging and a bit of luck, I can see her bringing the contest back to Belgium. I can’t believe that she works as a visual merchandiser at IKEA for a living actually!
Robyn: “A Matter of Time” has been compared to a 1990s Bond theme song, but I am all for that. Sennek serves all the drama and glamour that the genre deserves, but she also brings her own alt-pop style. This is not a pastiche of an older style — it’s very much a product of 2018. The song just needs some suitably glam visuals to go with it and Belgium will easily be on track to another great result.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.11/10
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