The Vine reviews “Maps” for Ireland

This is an adorable pop song- catchy, hopeful and cute. It’s very wholesome and relatable to anyone who’s ever lived away from home, echoing the yearning to go back to your roots when you feel a little lost in life. The upbeat tempo, however, keeps it light and fun, balancing the negativity of being lost with positivity of returning home. It gets the balance just right, creating an overall mood that is excited and optimistic. I love the instrumental- it’s very homely (although that may be because the intro reminds me of the Great British Bake Off TV theme) and reassuring in its constant, driving beat. The chorus is adorable and instantly catchy, and the formulaic approach is almost comforting in that we know nothing too left field is coming- it’s just a wholesome, peppy pop song. However, it isn’t without its issues- the song starts quite loud and stays at the same level throughout. Although this is comforting, it does stifle the song somewhat- it feels a little bit samey after a while, yet there’s nowhere really for the song to go if it wants to keep that comforting mood throughout. It doesn’t really break any new ground or take any risks, so it does fall into the background a little bit. Don’t get me wrong- this is a lovely song with a catchy chorus and adorable lyrics, and I like it very much. However, it just feels like it needs a little something more, and I can’t quite put my finger on what that something is. Maybe more build throughout, or to take a little risk to make the song feel a little less safe. But then that’s part of the charm. Or am I just being fussy? I don’t know- there’s just something needed. Still, it’s an adorable pop song which I do like a lot.

Prediction: I think this is borderline. With strong staging, this could resonate with a lot of people, especially those who haven’t been able to go home for a long time because of the pandemic. It’s wonderfully optimistic and catchy, and could win votes because of that. I just don’t know if it’ll get enough to squeeze through. I’d love to see Lesley Roy in the final, but the votes could go either way. 

Photo credit: Luca Truffarelli

29. Serbia- Loco Loco

30. Poland- The Ride

31. Greece- Last Dance

32. Australia- Technicolour

33. Germany- I Don’t Feel Hate

34. Albania- Karma

35. Austria- Amen

36. Slovenia- Amen

37. Georgia- You

38. Estonia- The Lucky One

39. Portugal- Love is on my Side

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