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Sunday, 26 January 2014 15:25

MESC 2014: Reviewing ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’

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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 Some Kind of Wonderful which has written by Wayne William who is also the vocalist.

Wayne William, a male singer/songwriter who definitely knows the confines of the competition pretty well, having already been a part of the showcase on no less than six (6) occasions; Take Me Back Again (2003), It’s up to You (2005), Where You Belong (2009), Save a Life (2010), Everybody Sing (2011) and Time (2012). Despite not being a part of the competition as a vocalist in 2013, it is worth pointing out that he co-wrote two (2) entries; No One’s Home performed by Petra and Wonderful Today sung by Richard and Petra. It was an extremely busy couple of months for Wayne, following his marriage to Emily and also finalising his debut album The Parade, one which includes several new tracks as well as two which had been previously published and have now been re-mastered.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s466FB_lSHc

In recent months, Wayne has adopted a stage name, rather than making use of his surname Micallef and having had a chat with the singer/songwriter, it made a lot of sense noting that the foreign audience was finding it extremely difficult to pronounce his surname. Whilst Wayne is an accomplished vocalist, his songwriting skills have yet to be tapped into with regards to other artists noting that he has only worked with his family members; Michelle Mifsud and Richard Edwards apart from Petra whom at the time of the competition was dating his brother and thus made logical sense to join the illustrious Micallef clan. Just a couple of weeks back, the editorial team at escflashmalta.com had the pleasure of reviewing The Parade which we urge you to purchase through iTunes as soon as possible.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 62%

John Scott: The singer has a very nice voice. The song is decent, but not the most memorable. I also don’t like the way the singer pronounces the word “wonderful”.

Martin Isherwood: Nice voice but nothing stand out. Interesting title and although deliberately vague in its use of 'some kind' it makes it hard to know what the song is about. Decent verse although the chorus doesn't jump out. Starts like an Oasis track mixed with Christian Rock. Competent but uninteresting, not really a Eurovision song.

Sharon Vaughn: Nice song, good singer, but no chills and no sparkle dust.

Stano Simor: Great radio friendly song. Wayne has a nice colour with good technique of the voice. Authors of the song have worked hard and wrote a song with a nice text and music. The band behind the singer makes a good atmosphere.

Greig Watts: Seems like a nice building acoustic pop/country ballad, Performed well and builds nicely throughout, feels like a nice song, but not sure it’s strong enough to have a big impact in Eurovision. Nice but maybe Nice is not enough!

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75P-QdLeqq0

Last modified on Sunday, 26 January 2014 15:30