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Sunday, 19 January 2014 15:54

MESC 2014: Reviewing ‘Love Will Take Me Home’

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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 Love Will Take Me Home, co-written by Glen Vella, Beatrice Eriksson, Marcus Frenell and Michael Down with vocals provided by Franklin.

Franklin, a male vocalist who requires no introduction, having been given the opportunity to showcase his vocal powerhouse for the first time during Don’t Stop Me Now hosted by Eileen Montesin on NET Television back in 2012. It was the beginning of a brand new journey, which in turn has seen him work with two former Eurovision Song Contest representatives; Ludwig Galea (2004) and Glen Vella (2011), the latter of whom is his current vocal coach. This will be his second (2nd) endeavour in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, having previously been part of the setup in 2013 with the song Let Your Heart Talk composed by Ray Agius to the lyrics of Alfred C Sant. Currently, Franklin is a resident singer on the weekly television programme Ħadd Għalik produced by WE Media for Television Malta.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrlQxg2whug

Glen Vella, Beatrice Eriksson, Marcus Frenell and Michael James Down are the songwriters of this entry, and bring together a wealth of experience, kicking off with Glen, whom many people will definitely recall as to being the representative of Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2011. His entry One Life failed to get through to the final at the expense of the Swiss entry In Love for a While which surpassed it with just one (1) point. Moving onto the foreign songwriters, a team which has not always worked together but has maintained their status in national finals all over the continent denoting participation in Iceland, Latvia and Romania with tracks such as I Need a Hero, the first runner-up in Dziesma 2013 and potentially a very strong top ten contender for Latvia had it won.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 71%

John Scott: Good singer. The song is good, but not as memorable as some of the other ballads. It just didn’t move me.

Martin Isherwood: Nice voice but sounds like he's swallowed an auto tune. Falling in love for the last time? Poor love must be terrible to be so badly bruised by love at such a tender age. Your teens will be better. Very big and glossy but not really going anywhere.

Sharon Vaughn: This young man is a beautiful thing to hear, and perfect for this genre. It will be interesting to follow his career.

Stano Simor: There is a lot of thought into this song, considering that the songwriters wanted to write an epic ballad from which I got goose bumps. Franklin perfectly mastered the transition from full voice to falsetto and also enriched the whole track with a number of passages, giving the song a full artistic framework which many will surely adore. 

Greig Watts: It starts like a Westlife or Boyzone type ballad, and the singer performs it well, almost has a traditional type arrangement (like Westlife’s You raise me up), so the Irish may love this!! Actually for me this is simple but simple in the right way, memorable tune, builds well, and pulls at your heart strings

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI9jL1TY_Qo

Last modified on Monday, 20 January 2014 10:47