Monday, 27 April 2015

The Vienna Countdown Review Begins!! ARMENIA!!!

Well it's beginning to get *very* exciting!!  The Euro Bureau Team (well, me and Alan!) arrive in Vienna in exactly three weeks time :)  Before we do though, it's time to have a look at all of the competing entries in this year's contest, with some informed and considered opinion from what I like to call the Euro Bureau Panel :)

We'll be looking at two or three songs each day, and the order has been decided under the auspices of the EBU by  The honour of opening the review falls to ARMENIA!!

This year Armenia have assembled a "super"group of six vocalists from six corners of the world, all with Armenian heritage.  They've thrown the kitchen sink at this one, it's original title was "Don't Deny" (which still forms most of the chorus), although they felt that in the centenary year of the genocide of Armenian people that some countries choose to deny happened, that this might be deemed too political...  So now it's called "Face the Shadow", and here it is!:

So what do our panel make of it?:

Asta Bjornsdottir (from Iceland):  "I love the beginning, the concept and the video is very strong but at the end where the high point of the song is supposed to be it just becomes noise and the ending .... ach.... . I am not into politics in Esc but this is very strong reminder and a warning for our present times and future."

Annemieke Kelleter (from the Netherlands): "Armenia, this song intrigues me. It's a bit messy but challenging. Not all the voices don't go particularly well together but in some parts the harmonies are beatiful. What I dislike about is is that some parts of it sound too made up/farfetched with strange melodies and transitions. Despite everything I always listen to this song til the end, so that's a good sign."

Hasse Skoldebjer (from Sweden): "Armenia, it's okish but a bit too pretentious imo. 5/10"

Adam and Charlotte Lane (from the UK): "This is a piece which simply tries too hard. It's an attempt at a duet aria which never quite hits the mark. There are some clever musical ideas, such as some nice chord progressions, but they never realise their promise. Its biggest failing is that of having too many ideas. The almost-acceptable chorus hook gets forgotten amongst the cornucopia of motifs. 2/10"

Well, that's what the EB Panel think, comment below and let us know what you think! :)

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