Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Semi 2: 06 Norway
Last year's "Silent Storm" was an impressive piece of subdued drama in itself, but this year's entry manages to outdo most previous efforts.
Trembling voices, loads and loads of pathos, and a dark horrible secret from the past that has resurfaced only to destroy all the love and happiness and leave everyone involved shattered.
Does it sound a bit heavy and a bit much to cram into three little minutes? It is. You really must want to buy this ballad melodrama or you'll find yourself puzzled at best or disgusted at worst. Because - honestly - it is pretty pretentious.
Pretentious but powerful. Unfortunately the live version doesn't live up to the atmospheric studio version but I hope they will nail it in Vienna and keep Norway in the top ten for another year.
Yes. Too much of everything in a way I really like. Divisive but in a good way.
My grade: 4/5
Mørland & Debrah Scarlett - A Monster Like Me (Norway 2015)