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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Eurovision 2017 Song Ranking Part 3: Do You Believe in Gravity?

Can you believe it's already April? Back in late February it seemed like this year's group of songs was really terrible but I've entered into that usual state where everything has warmed on me out of repetition and it's really tough to make decisions. Of course, like every year post-contest I'll only be listening to my top few songs plus whatever stood out live, so the agony spent will have been for nothing.

As a side note, when trying to find related videos for this group of songs one of them sent me to an actually completely unrelated skit from a Russian cosplay masquerade, and naturally I looked at the rest of the channel to see what is popular now. One recent skit used their country's Eurovision entry from last year - can you guess what anime it was for?

30. Denmark
Anja - "Where I Am" 
Reaction: At first listen this is aggressively bland, in typical Danish entry style. The performer has a good voice but a voice with more imperfections, maybe breathier, might have been better and have more feeling. The verses are definitely better than the chorus.
Related Video:
Rating: 3/5

29. Cyprus
Hovig - "Gravity"
Reaction: The clunking instrumental has a nice heaviness to it, appropriate to the title. It's not a complicated melody but would be a good karaoke song if your party can stay awake. I was wrong about the otehr "Gravity" in 2013 but I think I got this one right.
Related Video: please someone do a mashup
Rating: 3/5

28. Ukraine
O. Torvald - "Time"
Reaction: Is it going to be a trend that Ukraine sends rock songs in years they host? This is better than their song from 2005, but they could have been contemporaries. It's nice to hear rock again this year. It has a nice guitar riff and drum pattern. The message is good too, with a genuine emotion and yearning behind it, even if it uses the most tired phrase "time to shine." 
Related Video: the harder more shocking semi performance
Rating: 3/5

27. Belarus
Navi - "Historyja majho zyccia"
Reaction: This is fun, peppy, and energetic. Navi seem like they are genuinely having fun and want to share it with you, it's very endearing. The folk touches are nice and it's good to finally hear Belarussian in the contest.
Related Video:
Rating: 3/5

26. Latvia
Triana Park - "Line"
Reaction: Latvia has a streak of cool electronic songs running since 2015 and its a refreshing new identity for them in the contest. This isn't as catchy or deep as their previous two entries, and is a little too repetitive. It makes for a good background track rather than a showstopper.
Related Video:
Rating: 3/5


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