The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — reviews the three songs by Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman that will compete in Finland’s national final UMK 2019. Next we take a look at “Superman”. Is Darude the hero of our time? Read on to find out!
Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – “Superman”
Antranig: The lyrics may be a bit cheesy but I find them really endearing. It may sound like a run-of-the-mill love song lyrics but they are delivered in a very appropriate manner. Two guys singing a song called “Superman” could come across as egotistical but that’s not what happens here — there’s something very stirring and poetic about the line “only you can make me fly like I’m Superman”. My heart is melting and this is the song I want in Tel Aviv.
Essi: “Superman” has a really nice instrumental part and I like this song more than “Release Me”. I feel that with this song Darude really could have had something there, something potential. Unfortunately for me, this song doesn’t reach that point. Something is just missing because it just feels just too average. I also feel that Sebastian’s vocals need to be worked with. Hopefully he sounds better on live and that could elevate this song a bit.
Julian: This one is quite interesting. I don’t know if I like it due to the song itself or because my expectations were lowered after the disappointing first song. I do think “Superman” could have many fans and surely will be played at the Euroclub. It got a spot in my playlist. But it needs a really good staging to get me completely. So far, a well produced party song.
Lucy: It seems like this is my Twitter timeline’s favourite, but I’m not getting it. It’s a bit more lively than “Release Me” but it just doesn’t hold my interest for the full three minutes. Again, Sebastian’s vocals aren’t good enough for Darude’s legacy, and the lyrics are lazy in this “not with you” with “feeling blue”. C’mon, guys — we’ve heard that a million times.
Luis: “Superman” has the most cheesy lyrics of all three entries, and it’s probably the least modern of the three, but that’s exactly what I was looking for. The throwback to the “Sandstorm” beats is there, and it’s actually a very wise move: if you’re known for one hit, why not embrace it and using it in your favour? The main problem here is that the song is super enjoyable while it’s on, but it doesn’t have a hook powerful enough. In fact, I have to remind myself every time I hear it that it’s the one I like the most, because I can’t even hum it after repeated listens.
Robyn: Despite its romantic lyrics, “Superman” sounds like a really generic EDM track. It feels like filler, a hastily composed track to make up numbers at the UMK final. The only highlight is the little bursts of the “Sandstorm” sound, a little Easter egg for Darude fans. If this song was played on an acoustic guitar, it would be boring. The electronic production doesn’t magically solve that problem.
In our UMK 2019 Wiwi Jury, we have 11 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 9.