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 Austria where Vincent Bueno has “Amen”. Were we feeling his message? Read on to find out!
Vincent Bueno – “Amen”
Deban: Gripping, atmospheric and driven by a lead vocal that’s totally in control, Vincent Bueno’s “Amen” is a dark lament signalling the end of a broken relationship. This mid-tempo ballad is paired with metaphoric visuals, compelling lyrics and an artist who’s experienced real-life trauma. However, despite the track’s numerous strengths, its sound design is a major letdown. The mixing and mastering of “Amen” is reminiscent of OneRepublic’s production. With an arresting song title and a meaningful concept that responds positively to many art forms, it is disappointing to end up with a final mix that sounds pretty damn basic.
Jordi: Vincent Bueno’s “Amen” has power, but not enough hook. In contrast to his last year’s offering, this is another feel. It’s more stripped, dense, emotional and less upbeat. His vocal delivery is again undeniably precise and outstanding. While all these are assets, those are combined in a formula that lacks grip. The song unfolds predictably until reaching a rewarding momentum. But, until that moment occurs, audiences might have lost interest. This is not a bad song, but Bueno has a talent that this song does not pay tribute to. Marvin Dietmann is on his team, so I’m leaving my door open in case there’s a miracle.
Kristín: “Amen” takes a little while to sink in, but once it does, there is no going back. Vincent brought a straight-up dance banger last year, but now he’s calmer and perhaps a little more sincere. This song is one of those songs that fly under the radar, and maybe, just maybe it will fly too low and simply crash. I hope not, for this is a beautiful melody, which leaves you a little bit emotional, with Vincent’s gorgeous vocals as the icing on the cake. There is no way of predicting what will be Austria’s fate this year, for Eurovision is unpredictable. “Amen” could very well flop beyond reality, but it could also pull a serious “Michał Szpak” and quietly slide into the top ten, waving goodbye to its competitors. No way of knowing, but for now, it’s a mesmerising song, jam-packed with soul and emotions and deserves much more love from the masses.
Natalie: I can respect Vincent’s vocal talents as much as anyone, but I find this song so repetitive and uninteresting. It doesn’t go anywhere, it doesn’t offer anything fresh or compelling, and his repeated lines “Is this what you wanted?” just come across as whining to me in the end. Like… I kinda don’t see why I’m supposed to care? I kinda just want to move to the next song? There are quite a few male-fronted ballads this year, and of them all, this one is one of my least favourite.
Tom: “Amen” is infinitely better than last year’s entry “Alive”. The second half of this song builds to such a wonderful crescendo that is so satisfying. The only problem is, I’m not sure the audience will stay with Vincent long enough to hear it. I understand sometimes an artist wants to build a song in an upward trajectory, but the first verse and the chorus go at too much of a slow pace that it just doesn’t grab me enough to want to listen to the rest. However, if the juries and the audience stay with Vincent long enough, he will win them over. “Amen” is also semi-final two, so there is a prayer’s chance of qualification.
Vincent Bueno – “Amen” 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 2 and a high of 7.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.89/10
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