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Saturday, 11 January 2014 06:45

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track ‘Because I Have You’

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In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, responsible for Malta’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest decided to conduct a national final with just twenty (20) entries, rather than the typical twenty-four (24) which many had become accustomed to in recent years. Promotion is always vital, and escflashmalta.com has sent each entry to a professional panel of individuals in the music industry, who have in turn passed on their comments. This year, we have asked the likes of John Scott from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States but based in Sweden, Stano Simor from the Czech Republic and Greig Watts from the United Kingdom to do the honours. Today’s review is centred on Because I Have You, composed by Paul Giordimaina to the lyrics of Fleur Balzan with vocals provided by Amber.

Amber, has basked in the spotlight of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three (3) previous occasions, making her debut back in 2011 with two (2) entries; Catch 22 and Touch Wood, both composed by Ray Agius with the latter having lyrics by Godwin Sant and the former by Alfred C Sant before returning with a vengeance to finish in third place with the impressive Answer With Your Eyes composed by Ray Agius and penned by Alfred C Sant. In 2013, she changed her songwriters by opting to work with Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, coming up with the eighties tune In Control finishing in fourth place. It is worth pointing out that Amber has also won the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and represented Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocalist with Kurt Calleja during this performance of This is the Night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTstdRSgRZ0

Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, known to be experienced songwriters in the local music scene, and having already been granted the opportunity to pen a representative entry for Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, that being One Life performed by Glen Vella in 2011. Nevertheless, their success at the selection stage of the competition is unprecedented, having finished as the first runner-ups on at least three (3) occasions, kicking things off with Take a Look performed by Olivia Lewis in 2004, moving onto Someday sung by Eleanor Cassar in 2009 and ultimately finishing off with Just a Little More Love by Glen Vella in 2010. Paul, also a singer, took to the stage on behalf of Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Georgina back in 1999 as they galloped to sixth place with the song Could It Be composed by Paul Abela with lyrics by Ray Mahoney.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 57%

John Scott: She has a very nice voice. The song is too generic for me. It doesn’t say anything new or in an original way. Melodically it is not very interesting. I also feel that the song should get even bigger at the end than it actually does.

Martin Isherwood: Very nice voice. Unclear what or who this about - 'from my first days - feel never alone' - could be a mother or a relationship or spiritual. A good song should allow the listener to share the joy not just observe it jealously. A lot of movement in the song which makes it hard to follow at first as it seems to keep piling in ideas. Never seems to get going even when the key change and build comes in.

Sharon Vaughn: What she is saying is fine... but please, try a fresher, more creative approach. Saying the same thing that has been said a million times is OK... just look for another way in.

Stano Simor: Amber has a very nice feeling and color of the voice. As a singer, she is definitely ready for the podium in Denmark. The ballad is very well writte, although I think it should have a stronger chorus. In the second part of the song, I would have made use of some backing vocalists to help elevate the song and deliver an emotional rendition.

Greig Watts: I like the nice piano intro and the verse starts and builds up well, the chorus I felt was the pre chorus and was again waiting for it to step up another level to have a bigger impact. It does get stronger the second time around, as the music is building around it and of course when the Key Change happens at the end there is another nice bit of impact. I think as a songwriter myself I am always searching for that extra special part, and this for me is a good song, but it doesn’t quite reach great.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fa-3nFnh50

Last modified on Saturday, 11 January 2014 06:52