08 February 2015

Eurovision Song Contest 2015: First impressions 1/4

The first part of my first impression reviews of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 songs. In these four posts I rate the songs and tell me opinions. It is highly possible that my opinions change before the actual contest (especially if some songs get updated). I will make my top-list after all the songs have been chosen and right before the contest, for comparison.

As I background info I need to say that I am pretty obsessed with Eurovision. I usually watch most of the national finals (where they choose the song and/or artist to represent the country). The first full contest I watched live was the 2005 one, so I have been a fan of Eurovision Song Contest for 10 years now.

Wikipedia: Eurovision Song Contest 2015

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

Daniel Kajmakoski - Lisja Esenski: Unmemorable. There is nothing in this song to remember it by. It is not catchy and honestly quite boring. It is not actually bad, but I simply forget this immediately after hearing it (and even while hearing it). In a contest you need to stand out and this doesn't do it. 5/10 just for not sucking.

Amber - Warrior: In the recorded version it is not that bad, but during the national final live performances her screaming was so unstandable that I had to turn off the sound from my headphones. It is this highly annoying. And I personally do not like her voice. Without the screaming it is okay, but nothing special. 3/10 for the studio version, 0/10 for the live performances.

Trijntje Oosterhuis - Walk Along: This has been heard so many times before. I could name so many songs exactly like this, and it makes this song boring. It first I kinda wanted to like it, but then the chorus came. The chorus is just horrible: repeating a syllable is SO unimaginative and here it is just annoying. After hearing this for the first time I immediately forgot it, except the chorus for its annoyance. 2/10 for the music.

Uzari & Maimuna - Time: For me it sounds like he is just repeating the same things... Can't be sure since it doesn't manage to hold my attention. The music is actually very mind numbing; They could use this music to brainwash me, since I'd gone numb after few listens. Definitely not a good thing! I don't remember if the live performance was this horrible, I just remember I did not like it. 1/10. I am not sure what that one is for...

Elhaida Dani - Diell: A total mess. The music is all over the place and she does not sing well. I do not even know what to comment on as it is so messy... 0/10.

Nina Sublatti - Warrior: This actually is pretty good. I believe that with a good staging this can do well in May. I like the dramatic sound and it is catchy enough to be remembered. Unfortunately, the chorus is a bit too repetitive and can get boring after a while. Out of these ten first songs, this is my favourite. 8/10.

Lisa Angell - N'oubliez Pas: Honestly I would like to like this and I have tried, but it simply is just too boring. There is nothing that caughts my attention or nothing I remember this song by. She does sing well, but I am personally not too big of a fan of her voice. 4/10.

Mélanie René - Time To Shine: I have nothing bad to say about this song, but I also struggle to find anything good to say. There is nothing special in it, nothing that really grabs my attention. The song is kinda similar to Malta's song, but far less annoying. I don't find it interesting, but not specifically bad either, so 6/10.

Giannis Karagiannis - One Thing I Should Have Done: This is quite snoozy too. But it is not too bad for such a boring song. There is something sweet in it. Still, it make me want to sleep, which is not a good thing. Not all bad so 5/10.

Anti Social Media - The Way You Are: A very unoriginal and very annoying song. I heard this song multiple times yesterday, but I didn't remember it all today. The word cheap comes to my mind, even though I can't explain why. 1/10 because it is a bit more bearable than the songs I am giving 0 to. But just a bit.

And as a list (aka my top10 so far):
1. Georgia
2. Switzerland
3. Cyprus
4. F.Y.R. Macedonia
5. France
6. The Netherlands
7. Malta
8. Belarus
9. Denmark
10. Albania

Overall impression so far:
I am highly disappointed so far and honestly not very interested on the actual Eurovision. There have been many good songs in the national finals, but horrible ones get picked... In past years at this point I have had already songs I really like, even my ultimate favourites that year. I seriously hope there is better songs to come. None of these songs is that kind that I would be listening it just to listen to it. I doubt I will be listening any of these after the contest (give or take on Georgia).

The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 semi-finals take place on 19 May and 21 May, and the final on 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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