The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we turn to Croatia, where Albina has “Tick-Tock”. Did we feel her rhythm? Read on to find out!
Albina with “Tick-Tock”
Antranig: I don’t think “Tick-Tock” is the type of song you hear and immediately fall in love with. I thought it was enjoyable when I first heard it but as all the songs started coming through, I was surprised to find Albina steadily remaining among my favourites. The chorus is unassuming and subtle but it definitely packs a punch when you throw in the slick choreography. Throw in a little bit of Croatian at the end and you have yourself a fantastic Eurovision entry. Easily the most complete package Croatia has sent to Eurovision in recent memory.
Jonathan: Call your song “Tick-Tock” if it’s a bop. Albina takes Croatia in a vastly different direction to what we normally expect from the country, but she also brings them their best chance at climbing the scoreboard in a while as a result. Although the first part of the song feels ever so slightly underproduced, once those deep thumping horns come in, much is forgiven. Add in a language change at the bridge to spice things up further, as well as a performance from Dora that is almost ready to go, and it’s only a matter of the tick-tocking clock before Albina starts racking up the points in the grand final.
Jordi: The beginning of Tick-Tock sets up that something big is coming up. And Albina is not wrong. Disco beats and high-powered rhythms with horns included drop next. Despite how much I want to like this song, my hook disappears as the song progresses. The construction of the song is often repeated as it flows and feels like dancing to a never-ending loop. I love it at the beginning, but if don’t stop, I will get tired. This is not a bad song and I am certain it will grow on stage. As for now, it’s on my dancing playlist.
Sebastian: Well, this is a very pleasant surprise! In a region that specialises in sticking in its lane re traditional ballads, its great to hear new sound emanating from the region. Albina’s definitely earned her place at Eurovision this year with a solid pop song, strongly performed and staged already at the national final. Where the song could fall, is whether people look past its seemingly simple-pop façade.
Tom: In a year with many upbeat songs, I think “Tick Tock” will get lost among them all. The verses promise a big chorus but it never really goes anywhere. Even in the latter part of the song where one might expect a big finish, it never materialises. Though I do not doubt Albina’s quality and really enjoy the brass elements in the chorus, “Tick-Tock” regretfully doesn’t do very much for me. It’s also in the tough first semi-final so I would be impressed if this makes Saturday night.
Albina – “Tick-Tock” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 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 4 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.75/10
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