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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 04:20

MESC 2013: Reviewing the track 'My Stranger Love'

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The Maltese Islands are found in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea just below Italy and have become somewhat well regarded through the beautiful voices that it has honed throughout the years. Several people denote that the inspiration must have come from the love towards the Italian language but nevertheless, genres have become varied with pop being the most predominant along with rock and dance. One of the main showcases in the country is surely the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which is organised under the scrutiny of the Public Broadcasting Services and acts as a preselection method in which an act is selected through jury and public votes to represent the country in a foreign nation amongst key nations in the European continent. The opportunity to meet major producers and songwriters along with performers comes into existence and with the growing popularity of the event, this will surely not prove futile. Malta has a history of twenty-five years with our last participation seeing us manage to reach the final following a stunning performance of This Is The Night by Kurt Calleja and his team. This years' competition is said to be quite close and escflashmalta.com has called upon five critics to help divulge the competition with an award set to be given the week following the competition on the programme Sas-Sitta. The ninth performer is Corazon and she will be performing the song My Stranger Love composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. 

Corazon is neither a newcomer nor a veteran to the local music scene noting that she had a habit of entering competitions which were rather oriented with the national language of the country for the very reason that her compositions were set to achieve a goal and that is to send a message to the audience with regards to a number of social issues. In fact, the Għanja tal-Poplu Festival is known to be a second home to the performer having triumphed in three of the past five editions including in 2007 with Hawn Jien, in 2009 with another song entitled Tal-Aħħar and last but not least in 2010 with the track Mill-Għajnejn ta' Tifla alongside a group of friends. In 2012, she was also a part of the proceedings but only as a host alongside Alfred Zammit, giving rise to a secondary career which she is gladly carrying out at the moment holding a presenting role on the programme TVPM which airs daily on Television Malta, the main broadcasting channel of the Public Broadcasting Services. During the 2009 edition of the Malta Eurosong, Corazon had made the television stages with the song Another Side of Me written by Philip Vella but it did not make it through to the final competition stage unfortunately. She indeed returned last year with the beautiful Mystifying Eyes composed by Paul Giordimaina and penned by Fleur Balzan. Following this came two singles, one entitled Looking For You and the other being just weeks old bearing the name Save Your Smile.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdKP2gg4bXU

Corazon is seemingly ecstatic to have managed to make it through to the semi-final stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for the second time especially just a couple of months after managing to make the cut the first time round. The concept of the track that she is presenting entitled My Stranger Love is quite similar to the track presented last year but there has been a little bit of an emergence of a rock sound, only if just slightly. As a matter of fact, the charming opening notes are almost identical to Mystifying Eyes but it does indeed play out different. The track in itself had to be somewhat similar because it might indeed be coined as a formula for success and bringing the songwriters from the previous year on board is surely an added positive with Paul Giordimaina returning as composer and Fleur Balzan as lyricist. They bring about experience of the kind that many wish to have in the competition especially considering that the composer also was the Eurovision Song Contest as both an artist and a songwriter in 1991 and 2011 respectively with the tracks Could It Be and One Life. Experimentation will be the key to success for Corazon and she might need to go a bit out of her comfort zone in order to achieve greatness in the local music industry. She needs to delve deeper to make sure that her crystal cut vocals are presented well to the audience as seen in some of her recently released material including those previously mentioned.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 42%

Sharon Vaughn: I don't understand what this song is trying to say. The text is very contradictory… a lot of pretty words that don't fit the title or the rest of the song. A nice pure voice, too bad on the song selection.

Martin Isherwood: Trips clumsily into the chorus. As with many of the songs the lyrics seem very personal with the meaning only relevant to the writer / singer. Nice voice but quite thin. Uses standard musical tricks and turns but nothing that makes the song stand out. Interesting 80s style solo! Rock pop ballad but not really suitable for the competition.

Stano Simor: Love song. Type of music that can help or hurt the performer. One needs to listen to the lyrics before going into the general track. Very nice, sensual vocal lines. Corazon is a singer who has good voice technique most probably through studying classical music. Color of voice is not so distinctive. Particularly in the first part of the song where it would be necessary to adopt a listener. The music production would also help fill the whole atmosphere of the song which is basically excellent.

Roberto Meloni: Such a great and gentle voice, very beautiful and charming. If only her song would be as good as she is…pity…But Corazon is an amazing performer.

Lina Eriksson: These kind of songs seldom work that well in the Eurovision Song Contest. I start to feel like I’m repeating myself in my reviews now but this is yet another song that doesn't feel like 2013, neither song nor production-wise.  Sorry!

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKUA8IAa-Wo

Last modified on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 02:42