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Monday, 27 January 2014 18:24

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track 'Take Me'

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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 Take Me which was written by Boris Cezek with vocals provided by Pamela.

Pamela, a female vocalist who witnessed the move of venues between the Mediterranean Conference Centre and the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre throughout her previous seven (7) participations with tracks including none other than Play On (2005), Reachin’ Out (2006), All About a Life (2007), Whispers (2008), Loved By You (2008), Before You Walk Away (2009) and Hold On (2010). Despite being away from the competition in the past four years, Pamela has still been involved either as a backing vocalist during the selection process or at the Eurovision Song Contest, having joined Thea Garrett and Glen Vella with their respective entries My Dream and One Life in 2010 and 2011. At this point in time, Pamela has been working exclusively with Paul Giordimaina and Fleur Balzan, releasing a collection of songs entitled Whispers back in 2008 for public consumption.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63QkiTKtwro

Boris Cezek, responsible for writing both the music and the lyrics of Take Me will be making his solo song-writing debut when it comes to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. At last years’ competition, Boris in collaboration with Dean Muscat was responsible for three (3) entries in total, those being; Perfect Day, Us Against the World and eventual winner, Tomorrow. The latter succeeded on an international level, garnering eighth place at the Eurovision Song Contest and also breaking through the music charts in Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom. One has to keep in mind that prior to 2013, Boris Cezek had never written any songs for the international competition, working with the likes of Kristina Casolani and Miriam Christine on their music releases, intended for radio.

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 78%

John Scott: Very nice voice. The song builds musically really well. It has a big anthem feel to it. My only negative is I would like to have heard a vocal bridge instead of the “la la la” part.

Martin Isherwood: Nice husky folky voice. Not sure what's it’s about: 'take me to that sycamore tree …. before we say our goodbyes'? The lyric is probably too personal to be universally understood. Great melody. Quite Cher like in some ways. Nice production. Nice middle folky section.

Sharon Vaughn: Love her voice, it fits this nice Celtic vibe and she manages to not over sing in spite of this slightly over worked track.

Stano Simor: This song could be used as the soundtrack for Disney fairytale. The song is very well written, both music and lyrics and one could denote the bridge as impressive and contagious. Pamela has an incredibly nice colour of voice, especially when singing low tones.

Greig Watts: Another ballad with a kind of Celtic feel that can appeal to the Irish! I like it again, slightly less traditional than Love will Take Me Home, but has a similar feeling. Nice and simple again and I can remember it. Also has a good extra hook with the la la la part, I like it, definitely in my top 5.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR20g11n7Hg

Last modified on Monday, 27 January 2014 18:42