Monday, April 27, 2015
Semi 2: 11 Azerbaijan
Despite their disappointing showing in Copenhagen, they seem keen on continuing to get more sophisticated and slightly more demanding songs. Something I must applaud them for doing. Not playing safe is a trait I appreciate.
Just like the 1968 French entry, it seems to draw inspiration from a film by Ingmar Bergman - perhaps not too surprising given that the main songwriters are from Sweden. "The Hour of the Wolf" - Bergman's only real horror movie - tells the story of an artist haunted by nightmares before finally crossing the line and falling into madness.
Both the lyrics and the clip seems to have borrowed tiny elements from the film and I can't decide whether it's clever or pretentious. More clever, I think. I sort of like it.
I sort of like the song too. It's introverted yet acting out at the same time, but in the end I find myself overwhelmed by it. The chorus gets very noisy. Suddenly it just sits down on your lap and shouts into your face. I would have toned it down a notch.
Yes, unless Elnur goes bananas and wails the song to bits. (A duet between him and Ruth Lorenzo would be real scary.)
My grade: 3/5
Elnur Huseynov - Hour of the Wolf (Azerbaijan 2015)