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Wednesday, 01 February 2012 09:53

The Critics Choice: 'Can't Get Away'

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One of the most intriguing things in life that has been studied on a number of occasions due to an ever long lasting presence is none other than the shadow and once someone steps into the metaphorical shadow of someone else, it would be somewhat extremely difficult to come out of it and therefore an individual solo presentation would be deemed to be quite impossible. Whether the shadow is that of family or friends, it does not make a difference because apart from the fact that decisions need to be made in a correct manner, life should be lived different thus putting the person in a completely different light. In the music industry, this has become a common element actually due to the fact that many artists would be thought to be commemorating honours, or rather taking up performing because of family. The idea of the shadow though does not apply to Nadine Bartolo anymore as she is analyzed by our panel of critics.

Nadine Bartolo is a debutant in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest but has quite an impressive musical background noting that she is the daughter of the late Sammy Bartolo whose track include 'Għajnejk Sbieħ' (Beautiful Eyes), 'Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa' (Mellieħa Bay) and 'L-Aħħar Bidwi F'Wied Il-Għasel' (The last Farmer in the Honey Valley), the latter of which became more popular after being recorded by Italian superstar; Claudio Baglioni. Nevertheless, in her early teens, Nadine did not look at singing as her main talent, taking up dancing at a leading academy going onto take part in a number of shows in Malta. Still, in 2004, Nadine and her two sisters, Charlotte and Luisana, the latter of which has become popular due to a number of appearances in the local music scene, joined forces with their fathers' most popular tracks performing at a number of events including with leading bands in the country such as the Joe Brown Band, Spiteri Lucas Band, Paul Abela, Philip Vella's Band, Jamm Band and also the remaning members of New Cuorey of which her father was the lead performer.

Despite not having too much of an international exposure, in 2010, she performed in Germany to a number of people. She has been quite busy in recent months preparing for the showcase of a brand new musical movie based on the songs of her late father, noting that the Mellieħa local council has already performed the respective musical twice as a drama during their festivities known as 'Iljieli Mellieħin' (Mellieħa Nights). Her sister, Luisana was also a part of the Malta Summer Hit Song Contest and asked both Nadine and Charlotte to accompany her during the duets phase. Later on during the summer, the three ladies submitted a song for the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' entitled 'Liberi' written by Philip Vella. It did not fare too well but nevertheless was the very first time that the ladies took part in a competition together. Charlotte remains as the one who has not competed as a solo performer thus far.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 - An In-Depth Analysis

Nadine Bartolo comes into the competition for the very first time in the second year that she submitted an entry for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and she made it through to the second phase, the live one with two songs this year, including the one that she had tried to submit the year before but nevertheless, this is the one that got through. The title of the song is 'Can't Get Away' and it is composed and penned by none other than Philip Vella whom the sisters have sought to entrust with their musical careers, somewhat odd noting that their father used to perform alongside Paul Abela who also has Eurovision experience. The song is a simple pop song which focuses a lot on Nadine's voice especially towards the end. People have been highly skeptical of the whole package but she is part of the shindig.

Philip Vella has been spoken about on quite a number of occasions throughout our analysis and that is because he is one of the leading songwriters in the Maltese Islands. This year he has managed to bring about one of the least number of songs in recent years, being the composer for not more than four entries including those of Claudia Faniello, Lawrence Gray, Jessica Muscat and now Nadine Bartolo. He has not achieved success on his own but alongside Gerard James Borg has represented Malta on five occasions, half of the past decade showcasing grand talent. He has managed to put in focus to all of the entries that he presents over the years but it is quite intriguing that when a composer manages to submit and qualify with more than one entry, whether he would actually have one of them as his favourite.

The Opinion of the Critics

Rating: 52%

Steve Allen: The girl is stunning - give here a better song to sing!

Carlos Coelho: Nothing remarkable about the song. It’s boring.

Sharon Vaughn: Pretty girl and a good song, the track could be updated a lot though.

Martin Isherwood: Great ideas. Doesn't really make sense as a lyric though. Good chorus, could  stay more in the major key. Great voice, one of the strongest. Good track, could hit home harder in the chorus:

Charlie Rapino: Well she can't get away but I wish I could, I must say that her image is flawless though, stunner. The song could have been much better though especially in certain places.

Source of Audio Visual Material: PBS, Fotoclassic

Last modified on Wednesday, 01 February 2012 10:56