The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we head to Poland where the “white voice” singing quartet Tulia has “Fire of Love (Pali się)”. Did they light our fire? Read on to find out!
Tulia – “Fire of Love (Pali się)”
“Fire of Love (Pali się)” reviews
William: High impact and in your face, Tulia unleash a tsunami of sound from beat one. The aggressive tonality doesn’t relent, creating a sense of urgency and thrust as these in-tune and on-point women sing of neglected hearts coming back to life through love. The sparse production has a playful, old-school feel. Paired with the traditional elements it creates a thoroughly likeable and somewhat playful package with major heart. Tulia sing that one small spark can become a flame. Well, these four sparks are strong enough create a bonfire. It’s the most surprising earworm of the year.
Antony: This song has an ingenious mix with the traditional choral singing and rustic sound. Personally, I would prefer the kind of traditional Polish music that would typically go with this kind of vocal. Whilst there is a lot of vocal ability, I fear that many people might perceive it as shrieking and not find it palatable. It is the kind of song that can be appreciated but not one where you would find yourself reaching for the replay button.
Julian: As soon I heard the first seconds of Poland’s song, I immediately fell in love with the traditional and cultural touch. But that love dried out as the song progressed and I really found it annoying by the end of the three minutes. There is no rest from their screaming. I know that it is traditional singing technique and I also love that they sing mostly in their mother tongue. After hearing it several times, I like it a bit more but the live performance will show if I can fall in love with the whole song.
Antranig: I appreciate the musical risk that Poland are taking here. I’m thankful for them adding some much-needed traditional flavour to the mix. The voices of the four singers work together beautifully. There is an almost cult-like quality to their chants — it feels like something you’d sing around a campfire at a seventh-grade school camp. Come May, I expect juries and televoters alike to respect Poland’s unique entry.
Florian: When I first heard the studio version of the song, I was left more confused than happy about the song choice. As time went by, I still feel some sort of distance with this song. However, Poland does have a hand in presenting their entries in a way that gives people the excitement they need, resulting in some big televoting scores. If they drop another stellar performance in Tel Aviv, this song can take them back to the final in May.
Pablo: This song is made to listen no more than a certain number of times — any more time and it will grate on you like sandpaper. This wall of sound is overwhelming and easy to grow tired of. Props for Poland and Tulia for bringing a folk-punk flavour, but it’s not packaged for mass appeal. The lack of solo harmonies makes the vocals feel shallow, and the English part is unintelligible, unremarkable and unnecessary. They will make you stop and listen, but that will only be for two seconds for many people.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 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 2.5 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.91/10
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