Hi, and welcome to ESC Song Reviews which is a new site about the Eurovision Song Contest.
The purpose of this site is to focus on Eurovision from a mostly musical point of view – after all it is a song contest. Doing so, I will be going in depth with the songs that compete in the contest by analysing the parameters on which they work musically and lyrically – be it melody, harmonics, rhythm, form, production, lyrics, vocal performance plus the way these elements interact with each other. These analyses will also function as judgements of the songs: what works well, what is less successful and why, what could be done to improve the song etcetera.
I am of course aware of the fact, that f.e. the visual sides of a performance will often have an impact on the way a song is perceived by those who vote, but my impression is that this aspect is already covered a lot in the existing Eurovision sites – and to a much larger extent than the actual songs. That is a shame, I think. As long at is is a song contest, then the song itself should be the main focus.
At this very moment, a new Eurovision has just ended, and in the following months before the next national final season begins, I will mostly be taking up a theme. F.e. I am planning a theme about the Nul Points songs, now that no less than two songs – from Austria and Germany respectively – have failed to receive any points at all in the last contest. I may also be going through a specific Eurovision from the past, and I am also planning an analysis of the most recent winning song, “Heroes” by Måns Zelmerlöw. When the next ESC season is taking off, the main focus will of course be the songs that are going to compete in Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
Who am I?
I come from Denmark, and I am a musician. I make my own music in the genre singer/songwriter. I also have an educational background in musicology from the university in Aarhus, and I will be using my academic qualifications from there in order to get as close to the “mechanics” of the songs as possible.
Looking forward to see you all 🙂 The Anders
PS: I forgot to add a few things:
As I was indicating before, some posts will be about one song, and some will be about several songs. The latter category will include reviews of whole contests among other things. It is of course so that if you write as much on all the songs in one contest as you write in the one-song-articles, then the articles will be VERY long. So the writings about whole contests and handfuls of songs will not be as detailed as those who go in depth with one song.
Another thing: I may sometimes have to be very technical in my analyses and reviews, referring to terms from music theory. I will try to explain the terms when necessary. Otherwise, feel free to ask if it sounds like Volapük to you 🙂