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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Semi 2: 06 Norway

Drama was always something the Norwegians were good at. Just look at Ibsen and you will know what I'm talking about. Ever since Silje Vige's half whispered effort in 1993, Norway's been pretty good at using their dramatic skills in Eurovision as well.

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)

1 comment:

  1. If I don't see black and white evening attire it won't fit; flat out. The only thing that bothers me is Debrah's ilkeness to Adele - it just doesn't seem right for the genre.