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Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:25

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track ‘Let the Sunshine In’

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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 Let the Sunshine In, co-written by Sophie DeBattista, Lou Mullen, Adam Pikard and Alexander Dew vocals provided by Sophie DeBattista.

Sophie DeBattista, representative of Malta at the 2006 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the track Extra Cute has come an extremely long way, basing herself in the United Kingdom and clinching several opportunities in the industry, including the chance to support Ciara during a recent concert at the IndigO2 Arena in London as well as performing alongside former X Factor finalists; Marcus Collins, Misha B and Amelia Lily. This will be her second experience in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having previously made the cut in 2011 with a song entitled Love to Love You which she co-wrote with Elton Zarb. Nevertheless, the genre this time round is completely different and somewhat represents the direction that Sophie has taken up in her music career, a stripped down series of pop songs, which show her flair towards song writing.


Lou Mullen, Adam Pikard and Alexander Dew have all collaborated with Sophie DeBattista on Let the Sunshine In making it one of the busiest entries in this years’ competition in terms of song writing. Without a shadow of doubt, Sophie is the most experienced of the lot, having written several of her most recent tracks, all of which have been garnering the right attention from talent scouts and radio stations across the United Kingdom and Malta. Such songs include none other than ‘Lil Game and Silver Bullet, the latter being her current single, released on the compilation #westfieldpresents. Nevertheless, Alexander Dew has also helped create a couple of tracks, co-writing Tired Heart by the electronic group Kinobe and released on Pepper Records, the dance imprint of Jive Records. Other than that, it seems like this team of song writers are fresh and new on the town, ready to take on the industry by storm, kicking off with the Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 55%

John Scott: The song is ok, but I feel the chorus does not go anywhere. The hook needs to be much stronger for the song to be competitive.

Martin Isherwood: Voice ok. Not sure what 'gotta give the love the love' is about. Feels like there are two (2) choruses - with the 'Oh yeahs' in there as well Suggestions of 'Sexual Healing' in the lyrics. Production not really up to it sounds like a basic demo. Annoyingly positive and made me want to lock myself in a darkened room.

Sharon Vaughn: A catchy little commercial tune and she is really adorable... but the Goth leather doesn't fit this song or this face at ALL!

Stano Simor: American style of music that is well known to us. Thanks to the excellent passages in the bridge, this is the kind of song that everyone in the audience will be singing subconsciously. Sophie fits this kind of composition very well. I don't think that the song is strong enough to occupy first place in the national competition. 

Greig Watts: Another quirky delivery from a female, seems to be fashionable, the chorus for me on this one doesn’t deliver as much as I want it to, has a nice secondary hook, but in honesty not as strong as some of the others for me. 

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com


Last modified on Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:30