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Thursday, 16 January 2014 06:48

MESC 2014: Reviewing the track ‘Invisible’

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 Invisible, composed by Philip Vella to the lyrics of Gerard James Borg with vocals provided by Raquel.

Raquel, a relative newcomer to the local music industry, is a debutant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, one (1) of five (5) which also include; ChristabelleRyan Paul Abela, De Bee and Daniel Testa. With just one prior competition as experience though, it seems that she is the most green and susceptible to the newcomer tag. As a finalist in the 2013 edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza with the song Mhux Pupa Biss composed by Minik to the lyrics of Rita Pace, she finished in ninth (9th) place ahead of more established artists such as Christian Arding, Janice Mangion and Domenique, all of which had previously been part of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Vocally coached by Ludwig Galea, a former representative of Malta at the international spectacle, Raquel is known to channel dido with her impressive vocal range.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imEw9kGmamY

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: 58%

John Scott: She has a very unique and interesting voice. The song is good. My biggest concern is that her accent is very heavy and it is difficult to understand what she is singing. But she has good stage presence and the song is memorable.

Martin Isherwood: Unusual voice like Dido wearing Bjork's teeth. Wasn't sure what language she was singing in at first although the lyrics seem quite well put together use of falsetto flip and melsima really disrupts the flow. The song meaning escapes me. Almost impossible to understand what she's saying. I'm not sure that this stands a chance in Eurovision. Strange ending just stops.

Sharon Vaughn: There is something really fresh and original about this girl and this song. The falsetto flip is alluring... a little like some other artists but she puts her own spin to it and it works.

Stano Simor: Invisible was the only song that has left me with little emotion from this years’ entries. I did not hear a strong hit factor in the chorus. The song is built too high for her vocal range. It seems that it does not fit her, especially in those high notes. I think Raquel would fit a rebel song better.

Greig Watts: For me I’m not sure the singer matches the song, actually she has a good voice, but sounds a little like she’s trying to be Bjork where the song needs a more pure vocal (in my opinion of course), so for me it doesn’t come across as well as it could, So for me a quite good song becomes a bit more ordinary because of its presentation by singer and fairly basic production. It doesn’t grab me as much as others, sorry

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3hX7XIeR5U

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