In February, she won Armenia’s Depi Evratesil with her song “Chains On You”. Now, Athena Manoukian has dropped a revamped version of the track, which will be the version she performs at Eurovision 2020.
But, we want to know if you think the revamp was a good, or less so good, decision. Have the changes to the song made an improvement on what was already there?
You can listen to both versions of the song below and identify what the major changes are between the original and revamped versions of “Chains On You”.
Then make sure to vote in our poll. Be aware that you can only vote once, so make sure you’re certain of you’re decision before you submit your vote.
What are the major differences between the original and revamped version of “Chains On You”?
Some had complained that the original was monotonous. Well not anymore. Subtle production tweaks mean there are frequent changes in sounds and texture.
New additions include a deep synth reverb, more prominent percussion taps and intense clapping. The presence of the claps adds to the fire and gives the electronic production a very human touch.
About 1:20 in we hear vocal breaths — a deep huh, huh, huh — and at 1:40 sci-fi space sounds take us to a new realm.
The bridge at 2:15 now comes with major bass. Amid the instrumental Athena adds the lyrics “hurt me”, cutting through the vocal silence and creating a moment of intense connection. The final 20 seconds crank up the heat and lead to a dynamic climax.
Athena Manoukian – “Chains On You” (Original Version)
Athena Manoukian – “Chains On You” (Revamped Version)
Poll: Do you prefer Athena Manoukian’s revamped version of “Chains On You” or the original?
What do you think? Are you #TeamOriginal or #TeamRevamp? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below!