17 March 2015

Eurovision Song Contest 2015: First impressions 4/4

This is the fourth and final part of my first impression reviews of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 songs. You can read the first part here, the second part here and the third part here. In these posts I have been rating the competing songs and voicing my opinions. It is highly possible that my opinions change before the actual contest in May. I am making my complete top-list now that all the songs have been chosen and then right before the contest, for comparison.

I was originally going to feature my complete top-list in this last first impressions post, but it started to get too long as I wanted to also comment on the edited versions, since there has been some changes on my points because of the edits. So I am writing one more post where I am commenting on the edited versions and release my full top-list on it.

Wikipedia: Eurovision Song Contest 2015

But here are the last ten songs, in the release order:

Genealogy - Don't Deny: I actually liked the idea behind this group, but the song was disappointing. The beginning is boring and as the song goes on it gets very messy. It is all over the place both music-wise and singing-wise. There is just too much stuff going on and still nothing to actually grab on. 2/10.

Nadav Guedj - Golden Boy: What is the point of the ballad start? It originally made me lose my interest immediately and it took quite a while to get my interest back after the song changed. The rest of the song I like a lot. It is a very catchy and fun song, though maybe a bit cliché. I get summery and exotic vibes from it. Without the weird beginning I would give it a 9, but since it sort of ruins the experience for me, the song overall gets 8/10.

The Makemakes - I Am Yours: One of the most boring songs this year. With the other boring songs there is at least a singer I like, but I really dislike this singer's voice and singing style. This song just annoys me. 0/10.

Måns Zelmerlöw - Heroes: It starts off as very promising, but with the first chorus it just falls flat. There exists many and many similar songs to this and I can not find anything special about this. I also dislike choruses that just repeats the same thing over and over again. The song is not particularly bad, but nothing special either, so I will give it a 6/10.

Mørland & Debrah Scarlett - A Monster Like Me: This seems to be very popular amongst Eurovision fans, but I do not get why. For me this is just a regular ballad without anything to make it stand out. I have hard time to listen through this since I lose all my interest early on. It might be partly due to the fact I am really tired of all these ballads, but I also honestly can not find anything special from this. 2/10.

Elnur Hüseynov - Hour Of The Wolf: I surprisingly like this. It is one of the better ballads this year. The instruments and the changes in the tempo make it more interesting than just a bland ballad. I like the dramatic feel the chorus gives out. I did not like him when he represented Azerbaijan in 2008, but now he does not sound bad. 8/10.

Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini - Chain Of Lights: It is a nice sweet song. It reminds me of Switzerland's Eurovision song from 2006. I honestly was expecting a different kind of song, but this is not too bad. It is not amongst my top favourites, but I could see myself listening this even after the Eurovision, at least a few times. 7/10.

Polina Gagarina - A Million Voices: I kind of like this, but then again not. Even with leaving the politics out, the lyrics somewhat annoy me. Her voice is nice, but I personally do not like this kind of voice in a song like this. I can not explain it better, but for me the voice and music do not fit together. It is still a bit better than average, so 6/10.

Guy Sebastian - Tonight Again: It is not some ultimately great song, but a decent track. It is catchy and fun. I believe this will stand out in the final since there is no other song like this competing. I am not usually too much of a fan of this type of music, but this is fairly good. I think this will probably grow on me more before May, but it might also start to annoy me. I am pondering between 7 and 8, but I think that for now I am going with a 8/10.

Knez - Adio: After listening to this for the first time, I had nothing to say since I completely forgot it immediately afterwards. This is just not my kind of music. There is nothing specifically bad in it, but it just does not affect me anyhow. Though I do like his voice and some of the music. I would like the like this, but I just do not. But I do not dislike it either. 5/10.

Overall impression so far:
I lack an interest to listen to almost all of the competing songs, which is not a good sign, since I usually play on repeat the Eurovision songs around this time of the year. I usually struggle forming a top10 even with the years when there were less countries competing because there are so many good songs to choose from. I usually do not even have a song I gave a 8 in my top10, but now I have a few. I am still living in a hope that more songs will grow on me, like couple already has. More about that on the next and the final part of these first impressions.

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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