The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we head to host country The Netherlands where Jeangu Macrooy has “Birth of a New Age”. Did we feel his message? Read on to find out!
Jeangu Macrooy – “Birth of a New Age”
“Birth of a New Age” reviews
Lucy: In what is possibly the greatest song to ever grace Eurovision lyrically, Jeangu has given us a taste of Suriname, and the joy of celebrating your history and where you are now. From the moment I first heard this, I had my breath taken away by the sheer happiness radiating from Jeangu’s performance. It contains an important lesson in history which many of us need to learn and understand, whilst introducing many viewers to new sounds and stories. Between “Grow” and “Birth of a New Age”, Jeangu Macrooy is a one of a kind Eurovision artist. Perfection all around.
Natalie: I get that this song is so polarizing but I’m firmly on the “yes” end of this song. It’s such an important and timely message, and I love the shamelessness and confidence of it. The incorporation of Suriname music and language is super welcome, and I love to see it at Eurovision. It’s very well produced and heartfelt, and I’ve no doubt Jeangu will give it all. I really applaud the Dutch broadcaster for going for such a talented and determined performer from Suriname this year, and I really hope Europe gives him the recognition that he deserves on the big stage
Diego: Jeangu Macrooy had the freedom to sing whatever he wanted, but he chose to be himself by drawing the musical connection with his homeland. But this hasn’t been executed in a memorable way. “Birth Of a New Age’ sounds flat. Also, it contains a persistent beat which I find really annoying. Also, how will he capitalize on all that cultural heritage that he wants to show the world on stage? This song will have a hard time finding its way near the top of the Eurovision Grand Final.
Oliver: From the traditional to the modern, Jeangu pulls inspiration from an eclectic range of reference points, fusing genres for an altogether mesmerising experience. The composition of “Birth of a New Age” is astounding. In parts, it’s so simple — the piano is nothing more than one note played repetitively throughout — but that’s what makes it so great. Jeangu doesn’t need huge romantic swells and embellishments to dress up his songs. His artistry speaks for itself. And lyrically, it’s perhaps one of the best tracks of the season, with a crucially important message at its core. There could be a slight issue with the choir part, and how this will translate on stage with the rule of six participants. But otherwise, this is another fantastic entry from The Netherlands.
Renske: There is something in “Birth of a New Age” that reminds me an awful lot of “Outlaw In ‘Em”. Again, the Netherlands is sending a song with an amazing message, but due to its symbolism, it might be hard to understand for viewers. Songwise, Jeangu delivers one of the most interesting and appealing songs of the year. It combines music from his home country with typical sounds we would expect from a Eurovision entry. “Birth of a New Age” is very current as well, discussing both the Black Lives Matter movement and the pandemic, but in a fashion that does not feel pushy.
Jeangu Macrooy – “Birth of a New Age” 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 1.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.86/10
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