The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the songs competing in the grand final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2020. Next up, we listen to Melfest 2019 runner-up Hanna Ferm and her new song “Brave”. Did it make us feel fearless? Read on to find out!
Hanna Ferm – “Brave”
Angus: “Brave” is a sonic Trojan horse. The weight of expectations dented Hanna hard when snippets came out, but the more you listen, the stickier the “woohoo” refrain becomes in your head. And despite rushed staging at the semi-final, in the key moments – the opening, the bridge, choruses – Hanna can sell the song live. This is the catchiest chorus on the competition and with a few nips and tucks could be a threat at Friends Arena.
Florian: “Brave” sees Hanna Ferm take a somewhat unexpected road. While “Hold You” with Liamoo was a big ballad, this one takes on the uptempo path. Vocally, she can’t be faulted on this track. Besides, it’s very modern and thanks to the great team behind the composition — including Laurell Barker — it has a chance not only to appeal to the younger audience.
Luis: Double cheese may work for burgers, but not for songs. “Brave” has an undeniable hook and a simple melody that sticks to your ear like glue. However, the song is too high-pitched, and it feels as if Hanna was suffering in every chorus. The instrumental is quite basic and it wouldn’t be out of place in 2008. The result is a screechy and dated tune with nothing else but a confident performer who can’t hit the notes properly because they are clearly not adequate to her voice tune. I fail to see the reason why this went DTF.
Robyn: I like the attitude of “Brave”, full of the right kind of self-confidence. The chorus swings, coming in with the super catchy “brave ah-hoo” hook. But it sometimes seems a little beyond the natural vocal range of Hanna, with the backing vocalists picking up the slack. But perhaps that is in fitting with the song’s theme — not letting yourself be defined by any limits.
In our Melodifestivalen Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for four 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 4 and a high of 8.