The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we take a look at Azerbaijan, where Chingiz has “Truth”. Did we buy it? Read on to find out!
Chingiz – “Truth”
Angus: Look, Chingiz is a beautiful man an’ all, but Azerbaijan’s appeal is more than skin deep this year. First of all “Truth” is among the most radio-ready hooks of the year. The “Shut up about it” riff sticks in your brain from the first listen one. Add on top the modern production – with added ethnic elements for good measure – and you have an entry that feels designed for mass appeal with due respect to the Land of Fire. Azerbaijan has spent six long years out in the sticks, but this year they may be riding back into the competition.
Bernardo: You can hear some traditional influences in Chingiz’ voice and in the instrumentation of “Truth”, perfectly blended with a modern pop production that, despite being very current, is also a tad generic. Ultimately, the music video makes the song more interesting than it actually is. If they’re able to create a story on stage, I can see it having success. If not, people will probably forget it.
Deban: Chingiz dives into deep waters in his music video. However, his entry leaves me firmly in a shallow puddle. Completely stripped of the heritage sounds we’ve come to expect from the Land of Fire, “Truth” seeks validation with a radio-friendly sound. However, just like the music video that fails to capture Chingiz’ torso in totality, this song fails to ignite my emotions. Also, it doesn’t ring true.
Josh: The upside of Chingiz’ “Truth” lies in the blending of the traditional instrumentation and vocals with more modern and driving techno sounds. The opening is something you really feel, and it really gets inside. As the verses progress, you feel the pain of someone who realises he’s been used, and yet still must find a way to move on. However, towards the end of the song, the pre-chorus/chorus/post-chorus structure gets a little too repetitive, and the song stays on one level most of the time. As a result, the song becomes a good standard pop song that doesn’t quite get taken to the highest highs it could have reached.
Oliver: When the snippet for “Truth” came out, I was positively intrigued as to what was to come and luckily when the full version dropped, I was not disappointed. The dark spiritual and ethnic undertones to really give this song a unique edge and the thumping bass in the background give it more depth and texture as a whole. When the chorus comes, though, the song goes in a completely direction and becomes much more anthemic. Unlike other entries that we’ve heard this season, Chingiz manages to make the transition work and overall “Truth” is a pretty seamless and air-tight entry
Pablo: This is so good. This is completely different from what Azerbaijan has sent before. “Truth” is the parallel of “Skeletons”, the mainstream clubby to the latter’s edgy and avant-garde, but both in the same coin. The calm verses mix perfectly with the booming and memorable chorus, and Chingiz transmits a Robyn-like pop ambiance while mixing it up with just the right amount of middle-eastern flares. Azerbaijan is not only back on their high-roller ways, they are speeding over them.
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 5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.46/10
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