While Eurovision 2020 won’t be going ahead, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessional — isn’t holding back. We’ve rated and reviewed the 41 songs who would have been heading to Rotterdam in May. Join us over the next few weeks as we tackle the class of 2020.
First up, we turn to Belgium, where the indie pop/trip hop group Hooverphonic have their internally selected song “Release Me”. Did we feel gripped by their song? Read on to find out!
Hooverphonic – “Release Me”
“Release Me” reviews
Angus: It is fair to say that this sounds like a Hooverphonic song. It is also fair to say it sounds like a song that stays in the semi-finals. “Release Me” certainly has atmosphere but it squanders that through languid progression. With each passing minute in “Release Me” you’re left willing the band to give you more and they don’t. This goes nowhere.
Åri: Hooverphonic being announced as Belgium’s entrant for Eurovision 2020 ended my post-Eurovision depression abruptly. I was ready. When Hooverphonic revealed “Release Me”, I wasn’t too impressed considering my high expectations, but I knew one thing — it’s going to grow on me. A few days later, it was already my number one. Luka Cruyberghs’ voice is stunning and the instrumental track doesn’t disappoint. I love everything about it.
Barnabas: I was instantly charmed by the melancholy that radiates from the song. “Release Me” oozes class and musical craftsmanship, bringing emotions to surface with ease. If you ask me, this vintage, moody song that operates with a light James Bond flair could easily be (as things stand now) the theme song of the entire 2020 year. Eurovision-wise, with the right staging and perfect live performance, this wouldn’t have had problems in qualifying and reaching a top 15 spot in the grand final, if not better.
Florian: I’ve always thought that Hooverphonic bring some very special elements in music together, and “Release Me” is no different when coming to that. The song, which at times even feels mysterious and out of this world, is the perfect mixture of a soundtrack and a 2020 radio track. Given the strong competition at its semi-final, Belgium might not have made it out of there, but regardless of that, it’s a song to be proud of.
Jonathan: Upon first listening to “Release Me”, I was intrigued by its subtle charm. Sadly, as more and more songs were selected, “Release Me” slowly faded into the background – not the best sign for a competition where you have to stand out amongst the crowd. There’s still an element of class to the song and I complement Hooverphonic for sticking to who they are. But it’s not one of the Eurovision 2020 songs that I instantly want to put on repeat.
Hooverphonic – “Release Me” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors but only have room for five 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 3 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.1/10
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