I know a lot of people might try to ignore Junior Eurovision, but the 2009 winner, Ralf Mackenbach, might make that difficult in the next few years. Yes, he’s still in that strange no man’s land that will make you think Bieber, but this self-titled slice of musical action shows a performer on the cusp of maturity.
Oslo 2010, and everyone’s eyes are not on our eventual winner, but on the bronze medal position, Paula Seling and Ovi, bringing Romania their second third place at Eurovision. We’ve already had a review of Ovi’s long player. Now it’s the turn of Paula Seling.
Think back to Moscow 2009 and the brighty coloured fun that was Portugal’s entry from Flor de Lis. It took a while for their debut album to come out, and then a bit longer for me to get a hold of it, but now it’s here, and I’m a happy reviewer. Here’s why.
The song that never mad it out of th Finnish national finals is the title track for Saara Alalto’s eagerly awaited album. But has it been worth the wait for Eurovision fans? Ewan reviews the voice that never made it to Dusseldorf.
With all the processing and post-recording work, what could have been a strong collection of songs becomes little more than “what can the engineers do next”. Technically competent, Rockefeller Street has lost its emotional core, as Ewan explains in his review of Getter Jaani’s debut album.
She sung her way into the hearts of eurovision fans around the world, but Nadine Beiler’s recent album, “I’ve Got a Voice”, is a different kind of beast to the soaring ballad you fell in love with during this year’s Euovision Song Contest.
Second place at Eurovision is nothing to be sneezed at, and if it brings more people to the Reality and Fantasy world of Raphael Gualazzi, then the Jazz performer is going to consider it a succss. There’s a huge amount of promise and excitement to listen to in his latest album.
One thing that could always be said about Eric Saade is that he blew most viewers away at the 2010 Melodifestivalen as he grabbed 3rd place with Manboy. He followed up this new-found recognition with his debut solo album Masquerade, an album that one could describe as a pure pop delight.
Unashamedly a work of love by Eurovision fans for Eurovision fans, Euroband’s 2008 album “This is My Life” isn’t going to win any Grammy awards, but it’s full of energy an enthusiasm for the Song Contest. And the maddest cover of Bucks Fizz so far.
If Billy Joel ever did the Eurovision Song Contest, he’d sound a lot like Ovi. From the catchy mind that brought you Playing with Fire comes a debut album packed with a delicate touch and a lot of promise.
There is something quite disconcerting about buying an album as part of a meal deal in a local pizza restaurant in Latvia. But luckily, there’s no buyers remorse when handing over money for Lauris Reiniks’ most recent album, Es Skrienu. Here’s why…
Three minutes might not have been enough for Europe to love Terasbetoni, but give their fourth studio album enough time and you’re sure to fall in love with the power-metal band from Finland.
Lena Meyer-Landrut’s Satellite not only gave Germany and the West a Eurovision victory, but an upbeat and modern pop song that gave the Contest a commerciality it has craved for long. But does her album live up to the same high expectations?
Alongside Lena Mayer-Landrut, Malcolm Lincoln dragged Eurovision kicking and screaming into 2010 with the modern-retro sound that is currently filling our charts across the world. The debut album ‘Loaded With Zoul’ by Malcolm Lincoln provides us yet more catchy pieces of modern pop that are not ashamed to wear the 1980′s influence on their sleeves.
In the eternal war between Pirates and Ninjas, the Vanilla Ninjas have kept a hold of the Eurovision crown. A band that has continued to mature, their fourth album, Love is War, is a slice of pop-rock that’s both accessible and personal to Lenna, Katrin and Piret.
The theatrical winners of Eurovision 2006 are back with their latest album “Babez for Breakfast.” It promises more of their fun filled heavy metal, with a comforting (albeit loud) collection of power chords, over the top lyrics and musical ability. Let’s spin it up and see what the latex delivers this time around.
You might remember the steadicam shot from The Eyes That Never Lie, but there’s much more to Petr Elfimov than a white lyrca jumpsuit and 80′s rock riffs. Now avaialble to download from his website, the album “I Want…” is a wonderful showcase for the Belarusian singer.
Anna Bergendahl made headlines by failing to qualify for the 2010 Final, but can she redeem herself with debut album Yours Sincerely? It’s a bit scattershot, but does her character hold it together? Not quite…
Is Alexander Rybak more than jaunty violins and fluffy songs of princesses and true love? Yes, but only on side two of his debut album, Fairytales.