The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Bulgaria, who have chosen Intelligent Music Project with “Intention”.
Did we find the entry intelligent? Read on to find out!
Intelligent Music Project – “Intention” (Bulgaria Eurovision 2022)
Review: Intelligent Music Project – “Intention”
Robyn: With a group name like Intelligent Music Project, it’s clear that this group is not trying to achieve Måneskin levels of coolness. The supergroup of experienced rock musicians is doing what they’re good at, serving plenty of ’80s-style FM radio rock without a self-conscious play for nostalgia. And there’s something appealing and enjoyable about that – a slice of dad-rock amongst all the pop kids.
William: No matter their “Intention”, this is flat, bland, disappointing and ultimately forgettable. They sing they’re never in the safety zone, yet this feels unbearably safe. The tolerable verses lead to an underwhelming chorus: It’s lazy and lacks punch… the exact opposite of what you’d expect from rock. The bridge sounds out-of-place and the guitar riff is irritating. This may be music, but it’s definitely not intelligent.
Angus: Were we talking about Eurovision 1992 then Bulgaria might be in a better spot, but unfortunately “Intention” finds itself entirely out of place thirty years later. In stark contrast to its lyrics, “Intention” is firmly in the safety zone: A predictable, by numbers rock effort and one that sounds extremely dated. With rock entries you want to be electrified and this unfortunately is more of a short circuit.
Jonathan: There’s been a lot of strong emotions about “Intention” since its release. Yet, the main word that comes to mind when listening to the song is “average”. It’s a decent enough rock song, if rather dated, but that’s where things plateau. We’ve heard this sort of thing many times before and Intelligent Music Project don’t produce anything innovative or exciting to make it stand out from the pack. Whilst there might be an initial desire to rock along, it fades away once you can predict exactly where the song is going.
Antranig: There’s nothing better than a great rock song at Eurovision but there’s nothing worse than a bad one. If the “Intention” was to stay in the semi-final, Bulgaria have hit the nail on the head. This song feels as though it was written in someone’s garage in about 12 minutes after a Sunday afternoon barbecue. It feels like it remains in third gear for three minutes and never picks up any momentum. I appreciate Bulgaria trying something different, but it’s a no from me.
Bulgaria Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 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 6.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 3.88/10
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