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Monday, 16 January 2012 02:27

The Critics Choice: 'Mystifying Eyes'

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Success does not always beckon at the first calling and despite the fact that the music industry in Malta has been progressing at a steady pace, not every manages to pick up the pace that quickly and therefore with some additional help, individuals may finally get in sync with the present and rack up a number of accolades worthy of the talent put forward. It has been noted time and time again in the past that unfortunately, newcomers have always faced a difficulty to break into any music scene but the people nowadays are more eager to listen to recently uncovered talent due to the fact that different styles are appreciated even more especially knowing that the countries' vocal capability is not limited. There is one particular act who has been hoping to break into the upper crust of the local music scene and that is actually the next artist whom our panel of critics have discussed in detail being none other than Corazon.

The charming performer has made it to the live stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time but that does not mean that she does not have a worthy background noting that she has managed to amass a strong number of appearances in other events of local importance most predominantly in the Maltese language. The very first time that she made her debut in a competition was during the 2005 edition of the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza' with the song 'L-Irġiel' (Men) composed by herself and penned by Mariella Mizzi. This would remain to be her only participation in the respective showcase but the following year, she made her debut in the 'Għanja tal-Poplu' competition, an event she would dominate for many years to come starting with 2006 when the song she wrote entitled 'Kieku Taf' (If You'd Knew) garnering rave reviews. She would follow that with another participation in 2007 with the track 'Hawn Jien' (Here I Am) taking the top honour. Moving onwards, Corazon showed her love for the competition by returning with yet another track entitled 'Ilejla B'Xejn' (Tonight With Nothing) which despite a great applause, could only garner the award for the best interpretation. Nevertheless, another two tries would indeed follow, starting with a duet with Walter Micallef in 2009 entitled 'Tal-Aħħar' (The Last One) and also in 2010 as a soloist with the track 'Mill-Għajnejn ta' Tifla' (From the Eyes of a Girl).

Both entries ended up at the top of the board showing that she has surely made her mark in the music industry as an true local artist who loves the official language of the country. The success in the 'Għanja tal-Poplu' has always been utterly appreciated but the singer has surely been vying to make it into the upper echelons of the realm of competitions and when she did make it through to the Malta Hit Song Contest in 2010 with the song 'Set the Night On Fire' written by Philip Vella, it seemed like the genre was very well respected finishing in second position yet she would have to wait another two years before finally making it to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime though, Corazon has successfully represented the country in foreign competitions with the most recent being that in Tenerife, Spain where she managed to rank in third position with the song 'Come Fly With Me' composed by Renato Briffa and penned by Alfred E Baldacchino. Just a couple of months ago, she launched her current website and even more recently, a brand new single made for radios entitled 'Looking For You'. It has been a resounding success with many people claiming that it is the very best track in English that the singer has put forward during her career and considering that she wrote the track, such comments are surely heartening.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 – An In-depth Analysis

It has been noted down by many foreign media outlets that this is the very first time that Corazon is performing in the event but she does it with grace and elegance in the video and that has surely won her many individuals. She brings to the competition, a grace like no other and considering the charming ballad that she has put forward, it is surely not one to be understated. The track bears the name 'Mystifying Eyes' and it has been composed by none other than Paul Giordimaina who has already been at the Eurovision Song Contest as a performer back in 1991 with the words penned down by Fleur Balzan. There are many ballads in the competition but it is also to be noted down that they are very different from each other and therefore add to whole spectacle.

This is the first of three tracks from the songwriting duo who have clearly struck the right chords having been represented in all of the most recent competitions. 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: 50%

Steve Allen: Kind of a Lloyd Webber type of musical show song, good singer .. could be ok in Eurovision with a good performance.

Carlos Coelho: Very nice song, I really like her voice. Though I don’t think it’s the right song for Eurovision, it’s more of a radio track.

Sharon Vaughn: Corazon has a gorgeous voice, but then again, the song has a bit of a wandering melody which does not really connect well with the text and therefore, I am not too sure.

Martin Isherwood: Competent Complicated opening lyrics, abstract and 3rd person perspective. Difficult to engage with emotionally. Very busy lyrics with lots of syllables Doesn't hit home at all - even the main idea - mystifying eyes is very difficult to grasp. Nice voice, competent, whilst good musically way too complicated as a lyric. Doesn’t stand a chance

Charlie Rapino: I believe that this track is far too dated and in my career, I have seen million of this type of songs.

Source of Audio Visual Material: PBS, Fotoclassic

Last modified on Monday, 16 January 2012 03:56