11 March 2015

Eurovision Song Contest 2015: First impressions 3/4

This is the third part of my first impression reviews of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 songs. You can read the first part here and the second part here. In these four posts I am rating the songs and voicing my opinions. It is highly possible that my opinions change before the actual contest, especially if some of the songs get updated (like some already have). I will make my top-list after all the songs have been chosen and right before the contest, for comparison.

Wikipedia: Eurovision Song Contest 2015

Here are the next ten songs, in the release order:

HUNGARY
Boggie - Wars For Nothing: The lyrics have a nice message sure, but these kind of lyrics just do not strike me nowdays. More like they kind of annoy me... Maybe I have become cynical or something. She does sing well and I like her voice, but the overall sound just remains too bland. Towards the end, it gets a bit better, but it does not help to save it from being soporific. 4/10.

SPAIN
Edurne - Amanecer: I somewhat recently blogged about Spanish music and featured Edurne mentioning she was my favourite Spanish singer. Coincidentally about a week later it was announced that she was the Spanish representative. I had very high hopes for this song, but unfortunately it is not as good as I hoped. I still like this very much. The music especially I find amazing. The chorus just lacks something and it is left a bit bland and hard to remember. With more catchier chorus, this would get full points from me, but now just 9/10, which is also great.

GREECE
Maria Elena Kiriakou - One Last Breath: Zzzzz... I am not a fan of ballads, but I would like one if there was something special in it. This is just a regular ballad without anything special in it. There is so many other songs like this. 2/10 because it is not horrible, just incredibly boring and uncreative.

GERMANY
Ann Sophie - Black Smoke: These type of songs are that kind of that I either like it or hate it. This is sort of a dual case. The song is actually catchy and I like the music. But I do not like her voice; I find it annoying. But I notice that it annoys me less now than when the song was chosen, so maybe I am getting use to her singing. My rating has risen since the song was chose and I am giving this 6/10 already. Maybe this is a grower and with few more listens I start to like this even more?

UNITED KINGDOM
Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You: I have noticed this song is getting a lot of hate in the Eurovision community. But I personally really like this. Maybe this is just my kind of humour? I find this song funny without being too ridiculous. I always love these kind of lyrics that have more of a story than just general blah blah blah. The music is catchy. Only minuses are the weird skiddy-beep-bop-doo part and the fact that I sometimes can not make clear what the woman sings. 9/10.

PORTUGAL
Leonor Andrade - Há Um Mar Que Nos Separa: Yet again a generic ballad. I do not remember this song afterwards. There are few things I like about the music, but they are not any special. She has a nice voice so it is a shame the song is so unremarkable. 5/10 for the few things I like in this song.

ROMANIA
Voltaj - De La Capăt: I like the singer's voice a lot (it reminds me of someone, but I can not think of who...). The music is great too and I like especially the chorus. I actually get slight goosebumps from this. Still the song lacks something, but I can not get a hold of what that something is exactly. 8/10.

POLAND
Monika Kuszyńska - In The Name Of Love: This is within the better kind of ballads. Maybe it is mostly thanks to her voice. Honestly I can not make clear of most she sings, but I still find this song touching. The music is a bit above average, but her voice really makes this better. It is not incredibly special, but a lot better than average ballads. 7/10.

CZECH REPUBLIC
Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta - Hope Never Dies: I lose my interest very early on. It is just yet another generic (rock) ballad. I find it uninteresting and there is nothing special. In some parts it even sounds messy. And I personally do not like their voices, which makes this hard to listen for me. 1/10.

BELGIUM
Loïc Nottet - Rhythm Inside: I do not usually like this kind of music and I do not like this either. The music is annoying and his voice is not much better either. Some parts are very highly annoying. I kind of like the chorus, but that is the only sort of plus I can find. I am pondering between 2 and 3, but I think I will go with 3/10 since at least this is not boring.

And here is my top10 so far:
1. Estonia
2. United Kingdom
3. Latvia
4. Spain
5. Serbia
6. Georgia
7. Iceland
8. Romania
9. Poland
10. Switzerland

Overall impression so far:
There is just so many ballads, that I can not even tell them apart anymore. This contest is seriously getting to be a snoozefest... I know ballads had success last year, but I find it stupid to choose ballads because of that: The winner is usually different than the previous year's winner. I think all these ballads will destroy each other and the non-ballads will stand out. I am still hoping for something incredible since so far I do not have an ultimate favourite, let alone two, like previous years.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 semi-finals will take place in 19 May and 21 May, and the final in 23 May.

[I usually do not want to write negative things about songs, but reviewing Eurovision songs sorta requires that. I still try to keep my comments fairly nice. These are just my opinions and I am not a professional: I am just a major consumer of music and a long-term fan of Eurovision Song Contest.]

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