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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 16:39

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track 'Oblivion'

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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 Oblivion, composed by Philip Vella and Chris Grech to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg with vocals provided by Chris Grech.

Chris Grech, lead singer of the band Twenty-Six Other-Worlds which is definitely the comfort zone for the male vocalist considering that it encompasses a rock/metal genre, which best suits his vocal chords. The Eurovision Song Contest on the other hand, is completely different and something which Chris has decided to give a shot due to the massive exposure it is known to give to the participants. Kick starting his campaign just last year with the song Never Walk Away, he left a long lasting impression by virtue of winning the Public Award offered by escflashmalta.com and finishing in third place when it came to the public vote behind eventual winner Gianluca and runner-up Kevin Borg. Music is in his blood, and in his veins and Chris will stop at nothing to get his voice heard by the masses as seen in a variety of events, amongst them Rockestra where he teamed up with Ludwig Galea in 2013 and Teatru Unplugged.


Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg, the most successful songwriters in Malta, having been given the opportunity to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest on no less than five (5) occasions, all of which came in the past decade; kicking things off with Desire in 2000, and moving onto 7th Wonder in 2002, On Again .. Off Again in 2004, Vertigo in 2007 and Vodka in 2008, respectively. It has been six (6) years since their last victory and whilst they have been close, most notably with Claudia Faniello and her entry Pure back in 2012, they are yet to head over to the international competition for a sixth (6th) time. Apart from being a successful combination on a local level, it is well worth pointing out that they have also achieved national final success in Norway and The Netherlands where their entries managing third and fourth place, respectively.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 54%

John Scott: He has a great voice, but the song is pretty generic to me. It doesn’t quite become the anthem sort of song that it needs to be for a rock song.

Martin Isherwood: Super high notes worthy of 'The Darkness'. ‘Judas kiss' and 'nest of worries' in the first verse! I'm scared to continue! Good melodies in chorus. There are unfortunately, many singers and songwriters of gloomy songs who know exactly what musical oblivion feels like. Some great moments. Stops rather than ends - feels like a clumsy edit of a longer song.

Sharon Vaughn: The artist is remarkable. The song is too far off topic to be moving. Sadly, the topline melody doesn't match the changes in the melody of the track. 

Stano Simor: Chris is a rocker and demonstrates clearly its distinctive voice. His voice surpassed energy of the entire musical background. This is evident especially in the chorus. But the track in this version does not have the required potential. I would certainly download it to an MP3 player in my car as I travel between Belgium and the Czech Republic.

Greig Watts: For me just feels like an ordinary rock song, nothing different or special jumps out to me to make it above the others. Nice song but as I said previously nice is often not good enough.

Source: Public Broadcasting Servicesescflashmalta.com


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