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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Semi 2: 05 Malta

One of my longest standing dreams is to see Malta win and host the ESC. It's intriguing how often small nations like Malta and Iceland can come up with entries that work and attract points while some of the bigger ones with bigger music markets keep failing and failing.

The last Maltese entries have all been hooky, likeable and professional to an extent that allows you to almost forget how tiny this island state really is and how improbable it is that they will produce as many good songs as they do.

Well, here comes a reminder. Nobody can get it right every time, and the Maltese get quite a few things right also here. Amber is likeable (even if the range feels a little bit out of her reach at times) and the song is flawlessly produced and sounds like any modern pop ballad that could be played on any commercial radio station.

If it wasn't for the fact that the song in itself is little more than a whole load of nothing. It takes a while to discover just how absent any kind of chorus is, but once you do the whole composition just collapses. Voice, performance and production are just there to blur our vision and make us think Amber has been giving something meaningful to sing. Which she hasn't.

No, I don't think so. It will take a lot to convince the people who want ballads since they have so many to choose from.

My grade: 1/5

Amber - Warrior (Malta 2015)

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