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 Poland, where Rafał has “The Ride”. Did we want to hop on board with him? Read on to find out!
Rafał – “The Ride”
“The Ride” reviews
Kristín: Mama used to say never get in a car with a stranger, but that advice was forgotten as soon as Rafal and his swagger ride rolled up and offered a lift! This song has basically everything needed after a rather bleak year. It’s sleek, it’s fun, it’s hot and it’s cool, all at the same time and has just the right amount of ’80s feeling that can lighten up any party at any time. Poland has had its hits and misses through the years, but this time they definitely have a hit, and Rafal himself simply oozes elegance and confidence and makes a girl want to throw all caution out the wind. He’s asking us to hold on for the ride of our lives, and I for one, am buckled up and ready to go. Bring it!
Deban: Rafal, Poland’s popular TV host has unwittingly succeeded in releasing 2021’s premier guilty pleasure. Badass, but at the same time cringeworthy —this Ferrari runs ambitiously on kerosene! Although the lyrical content here is light years away from that of a Shakespearean sonnet, the undeniably catchy hook, and the sleek music video makes it tolerable. Do I think “The Ride” is great? No, I don’t. But do I enjoy the song? Yes, I do. (and I’ve often had it on repeat) However, maximising your pleasure from this joyride requires a warning. Before pressing play, lower your expectations.
Luis: Rafał rides the wave of ’80s popularity, but he’s far from the crest. The main problem with “The Ride” is its lack of distinction. While it’s easy on the ears, it leaves as fast as it arrived. Rather than a rollercoaster, this feels more like a promenade between the neons. While it has a clear hook, it’s not a particularly memorable one. This isn’t just a safe choice, it’s a flavourless election.
Tom: “The Ride” is very likeable and ticks all the right boxes for a typical “Eurovision” song. Fun, upbeat and unquestionably catchy. However, as we all know, these stereotypical songs of course don’t do very well at Eurovision. Though it does have many positives, “The Ride” is incredibly generic and lacks a lot of heart. It wants to be cool, it thinks it’s got swagger and sex appeal – it doesn’t. In fact, it’s a slice of pure cheese — but I kinda like that! “The Ride” is a guilty pleasure and just because I don’t think it will do well in Rotterdam, it doesn’t mean I dislike it! No, I’m not convinced we will be riding into Saturday, but Poland is in the second semi-final, so we may still see Rafał perform twice.
William: If you’ve listened to the radio at any point over the past 30 years, or visited any club from Ibiza to Milton Keynes, then you’ve like heard some form of “The Ride”. It’s generic, vapid, and very heard-it-all-before. There is little ambition: It strings together words to fill up space rather than to tell an original story. And while this ride covers the same old ground as so many cheaply produced tracks before it, there’s something comforting about the familiarity of it all. I’ll happily listen to this while I do the dishes or fold the laundry.
Rafał – “The Ride” 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 1 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.5/10
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