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The Vine reviews ‘The Ride’ for Poland

This is a very catchy little song, and I’m a huge fan of the 80s electro synth feel- this just gives me so much nostalgia (yes I know I’m a noughties girl but shhh). The best bit about this song is that gorgeous instrumental- it’s bouncy and fun, with lots of lovely transitions. The lyrics […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Last Dance’ for Greece

I really like this pop song, especially the electro feel throughout. The instrumental is perfect- layered and rich and strong enough to hold its own without Stefania, although her vocal lines are perfectly intertwined. I particularly like the piano underpinning the vocal line in the intriguing pre-chorus, one of the song’s strongest moments. The verses […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Technicolour’ for Australia

What a peppy number! Although this song is a little bit mad, it’s also very fun and catchy. Although it would belong in a Sailor Moon type show, it is strong enough to hold its own, and what I love is that Montaigne is unapologetically herself, having a good time, and not caring what people […]

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The Vine reviews ‘I Don’t Feel Hate’ for Germany

You know in every Disney movie there’s a funky sidekick with a song sequence that overwhelms you and makes you wonder if that actually just happened? This song reminds me of that a little, and is both one of the song’s charms and weaknesses. It’s absolutely bonkers from the start, and completely unlike anything Germany […]

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The Vine reviews “Karma” for Albania

This is an authentic, powerful ethno-bop with potential to do well if the staging is strong. I love the instrumental to this song: the string sections are lush and I love the traditional instrumentation throughout, especially the Balkan sounds that come through. The introduction is dramatic, immediately hooking us in before the subdued first verse. […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Amen’ for Slovenia

Ana easily has one of the best voices in this year’s competition, but ‘Amen’ really doesn’t do her justice. I can see where Slovenia were going: power-ballad with killer vocals, with a gospel choir and full orchestration. It is impressive to watch- nobody can deny that. But it just doesn’t bring anything original to the […]

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The Vine reviews ‘Amen’ for Austria

This is a sweet, soulful little ballad that really shows off Vincent’s lovely voice. His lush, deep vocals in the verses are gorgeous, and the driving piano underneath really allows him to show it off. Whilst this song has huge potential, however, it doesn’t quite live up to expectations. The lyrics are extremely repetitive, which […]

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The Vine reviews “You” for Georgia

Although this song doesn’t show off Tornike’s killer vocals, it is beautiful and heartfelt, showing another side to Tornike, a softer, gentler, more vulnerable one. However, the song just doesn’t hold my interest at all, unfortunately. It’s a shame, because there is a true, authentic beauty in this song’s simplicity: yes, the lyrics are very […]

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The Vine reviews “The Lucky One” for Estonia

This is a decent little pop song, but it doesn’t quite hit the mark. It’s nice to listen to, and easy on the ears, but lacks impact and is quite forgettable. The chorus is driving and easily the best bit of the song- I love the synthy feels in the instrumental, but feel that the […]

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The Vine reviews “Love is on my Side” for Portugal

For the first time in over 60 years, Portugal has broken with tradition and sent a song in English…and I’m not massively impressed with the result. This ballad is dreamy and has some lovely instrumental moments, but the cliched lyrics and failure to go anywhere with the song brings the whole thing right down, unfortunately. […]