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Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:23

The Critics Choice: 'Walk On Water'

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In recent years, there has been a dilemma amongst performers on the Maltese Islands when it comes to choosing their respective vocal aid on stage whilst performing especially due to the re-introduction of the live backing vocals on stage in a number of events including the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. There is somewhat of a growing concern because the best possible talent is normally directly competing as a finalist but it seems that talent comes in very strong double digit figures because the amount of upcoming artists is astounding within itself. Sometimes, people take a step back to see where their career is heading, maybe even focusing on other areas in life before stepping back into the limelight.This situation has been very much the case on the international circuit when a number of acts, popular ones end up supporting other individuals instead. Today, our critics look at the singer Isabelle who has also returned to taking centre stage during the event.

This artist in particular is one of the most under-rated in the country and like Gianni just before her, comes into the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for a second particular but it has not been that long since she did take to the stage. Throughout the years, Isabelle has racked up quite the illustrious record in terms of competitions. Her debut into the musical scene came in 2006 when she made it to the finals of the 'Għanja tal-Poplu' competition with the song entitled 'Dak Bla Ġlekk' (He, Without a Blazer). It was a successful start having managed to finish in second place with the track written by Augusto Cardinali, an individual whose work in Maltese has been very much appreciated over the years. Just a couple of months later, Isabelle returned, this time in the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' in a trio alongside the mezzo-soprano Claire Caruana and fellow competitor Janvil. The track that they performed bore the name 'Għanjet il-Malti' (Hymn of the Maltese) composed by Augusto Cardinali and penned by Giovann Attard. Both songs were simple and melodic and represented the artist in the best possible way.

This was the beginning of quite a strong career as Isabelle would make it to the finals of the 'Għanja tal-Poplu' for the second straight year with the track 'Lingwiti' which would not have the same success as her previous track despite a haunting melody. Ultimately though, the best moment would come when she was announced as a semi-finalist at the 2007 Malta Song for Europe with the track 'My Love' composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg. She took in a lot from the experience of performing in the large Ta' Qali venue and that would help her face another crowd at the Granaries in Floriana with the song 'Muża' composed by Philip Vella and penned by Keith Zammit. She would ultimately make another appearance at the same event in 2009 with the track 'L-Għajnejn ta' Pittur' composed by the same aforementioned team. Unfortunately though she failed to make it to the Malta Song for Europe once more and competed in the English based 'Malta International Hit Song Contest' with the songs 'I Can't and I Won't' composed by Philip Vella and Gerard James Borg and also 'Babysitter' composed by Elton Zarb and penned by Rita Pace.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 - An In-Depth Analysis

This is the second participation for Isabelle having just in recent months accompanied Glen at the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing vocal alongside Pamela and Angela. It seems that the collaboration worked wonders because not only was it a very good experience but she has teamed up with composer Paul Giordimaina and lyricist Fleur Balzan on this track entitled 'Walk On Water'. The feel good song which hints of gospel and ballad sounds has fit in perfectly with Isabelle's astonishing range and she has no trouble whatsoever in performing it. Nevertheless, as one will notice, the critics do have some causes for concern especially about the track although at the end, it will surely be the live performance that counts as it is the one which the jury and the tele-voting will base their result on.

It is a collaboration that has certainly bore great fruit with the very top three finish coming back in 2004 at the vocal prowess of Olivia Lewis with the track 'Take A Look', a beautiful piano ballad showcasing the singer to the best of her ability. Despite continuous participation, their next major success would come in 2009 as they would end up finishing in second and third place with Eleanor Cassar and her track 'Someday' and also the group Q and their entry 'Before You Walk Away'. This was not the end though because in 2010, they would finish in an astonishing runner-up position with 'Just a Little More Love' by Glen Vella as well as fourth place with Pamela and 'Hold On' before finally winning the competition thanks to the aforementioned Glen Vella with 'One Life'.

The Opinion of the Critics

Rating: 48%

Steve Allen: I must say that this is quite well presented but then again very ordinary.

Carlos Coelho: The refrain is very good, the verses are not so effective. Nice lyrics. The performer has charisma and knows how to play with the camera. Still, I don’t see this in Eurovision.

Sharon Vaughn: Not very exciting, but a pretty girl. Song DOESN'T fit her.

Martin Isherwood: Good chorus musically. Clumsy transition into the chorus and out again Good strong opening - confident but loses the plot as it goes into the chorus.  No real connection to the title Good title - but doesn’t live up to it or give enough for the listener to connect to Nice voice Not really working for the song.  Hate the ending. Nice idea - not realised.

Charlie Rapino: The singer has a very good image but the song is quite average.

Source of Audio Visual Material: PBS, Fotoclassic

Last modified on Sunday, 06 January 2013 17:07