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Friday, 27 January 2012 02:06

The Critics Choice: “Dance Romance”

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One of the most interesting elements of the music industry is that manages to merge a fusion of talent along with appearance although both the former and the latter have managed to succeed on their own merits at times. There has been a lot of talk with regards to the fact that looks can sometimes tend to be deceiving portrarying a negative element when it comes to perfect talent. This has led to the creation of a reality television show by the name of 'The Voice' which has now been sought by various countries in direct competition to the 'X Factor'. The idea is to judge the performer based on vocal skills hence the mentors facing their back to the artist, being renowned music professionals would decide based on sheer vocal capabilities. The concept is working well it seems but then again, do the people always vote for the best vocal or do they tend to look at the respective image as well. The best option would surely having a mixture of both and this is something that Jessica Muscat posseses as the critics evaluate her entry.

The female artist first made her way to the music scene through the Malta Junior Song for Europe back in 2004 when she competed with the track 'Precious Time'. Despite the fact that she did not finish at the top of the scoreboard, she still continued and it was a wise decision because following vocal coaching classes and also the study of music theory, she managed to make it amongst the most notable individuals in the industry making it to the semi-final of the 2008 Malta Song for Europe, one of the most exciting edition of the renowned competition featuring a great mixture of genres. The track she came up with was 'Tangled' composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. Within the same year, she took advantage of her new found fame releasing a single entitled 'Sweet Temptation' composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg which in turn was the same song which she competed with in the Malta Hit Song Contest held on ONE Television finishing in second place.

The following year, Jessica would prepare the release of her album 'Home Run' which features four tracks in Maltese and seven songs in English including 'Tangled' and 'Sweet Temptation' amongst other tracks she had performed throughout the years. There was one brand new song entitled 'I'm a Lil' Bit Crazy' to which she penned the lyrics, something that she had done for the very first time. She sought greener pastures when she went to Hollywood as part and parcel of a ten-day vocal camp working with none other than Seth Riggs, the individual behind the technique known as Speech Level Singing. She did not return to Malta immediately after though being invited to Bulgaria and also Italy to represent the country. Late last year, she made her return to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the track 'Down Down Down' composed by Philip Vella with lyrics written by herself but following the appearance, she has continued working on her sophomore album alongside composer Paul Powell who has worked with the likes of Lily Allen and Mathilda May.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 - An In-Depth Analysis

Jessica Muscat has somewhat managed to alter her image and grow up in terms of her music coming up with a mixture of pop and dance with the addition of a thumping beat which will definitely get anyone off their feet to dance. The track which she is presenting to this years' competition bears the name 'Dance Romance' and for yet another time, she has penned the lyrics, something that has become second nature to the singer/songwriter whilst the music was written by longtime collaborator Philip Vella. Such a song would never be out of place in this competition because it is something which the fans seem to fall in love with due to the sheer smile signified through both the music and lyrics. A choreography will definitely be expected as otherwise, it would definitely fall flat but following last years' choreography this should not be an issue.

This is one of the few tracks that Philip Vella has managed to get through to the semi-final stages of this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest having seen the one that he wrote for Claudia Faniello alongside longtime collaborator Gerard James Borg. Success for him without the aforementioned partner has not come unfortunately because each time he has won, that has been the duo but then again, Philip has worked with a number of people over the years even finishing in the top three position on another six times including in 1998 on the track 'Listen to Our Voices' with Claudette Pace and the Sixth Above, in 1999 with Lawrence Gray and the song 'The Right Time', in 2001 with 'Count on Me' and 'Spellbound' performed by Lawrence Gray and Ira Losco, in 2002 with 'One Step Away' by Ira Losco and last but not least 'Deja Vu' in 2005 performed by Olivia Lewis. His main partners on these songs were Paul Abela and Ray Agius. Jessica on the other hand as a lyricist has not worked with other artists and has been writing material for herself instead.

The Opinion of the Critics

Rating: 50%

Steve Allen: Yeah stronger, good verses and good vocal, Kylie pop.

Carlos Coelho: Melody is nice, but the lyrics are not very good. The singer does make an effort in lifting up the song, but it’s just not catchy enough…unfortunately!

Sharon Vaughn: I believe that the singer is good but the song needs ot be a little bit more appealing musically.

Martin Isherwood: Opens well but loses it at the chorus. Good opening lines. Not strong enough idea or hooks. Distinctive but not necessarily strong enough. Average - nothing special. Strange 70s feel change in the middle. Not great.

Charlie Rapino: Aaah thats far better now she is "interesting" fresh ...good dance pop ...what europeans should do....best so far.

Source of Audio Visual Material: PBS, Fotoclassic

Last modified on Friday, 27 January 2012 06:52