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Unfortunate staging, a bizarre intro, and is screaming out for a major rework. Bridge is lackluster and climax is pedestrian. Classic tea-break song.
Herciana Matmuja with the song, Zemërimi i Një Nate, was selected to represent Albania at Eurovision 2014 in Copenhagen.
Competing against 16 other artists and a far superior interval act, Herciana won with the majority jury support.
I think we can all agree that Zemërimi i Një Nate (One Night’s Anger) is a work-in-progress. The raw ingredients are in place, but there are still one or two items missing from the recipe.
Herciana Matmuja performed first in the running order at last night’s national final, and for that reason, I dismissed it as a contender. I was also distracted by that jarring and somewhat peculiar orchestral introduction – one could imagine the rise of a dark spectre from a 70s B-movie accompanying it.
As has already been suggested by the early birds in the comments section, the song should start with the pianist. Aside from that rather minor alteration, my main gripe rests with the lack of definition throughout the song. At present, I can’t tell the verses from the chorus, so perhaps they can juxtapose the instrumentation for those elements to provide clear separation and add layers to the song.
This is particularly crucial, as non-Albanian speakers will struggle to engage with Herciana’s emotive performance if they can’t differentiate between the key elements of the song. Essentially, viewers can’t buy into the story, which is more apparent if you look back to the more superior Suus from 2012.
Another downside to Zemërimi i Një Nate is the lack of a clear bridge and subsequent fortissimo moment. Currently, we have a lethargic guitar solo with a passage of staccato strings – the latter is more effective, nevertheless I would still recommend a total rethink. A musical interlude is acceptable though, as it can be used for choreography.
Jury points are an essential resource to push the likes of Albania over the line. Without a bigger and more memorable climax, they’ll lose the required jury support to reach the final.
Hopefully we get a revamped three minute studio version of Zemërimi i Një Nate so we can more accurately predict Albania’s course in the contest.
What do you think of Albania’s entry?
- Qualification History
- Final Performance
Highest score: 146 (2012 – Rona Nishliu, Suus)
Lowest score: 48 (2009 – Kejsi Tola, Carry Me in Your Dreams)
Average semi-final finishing position: 10th (9.7)
Average semi-final score: 79 points
Average final position: 13th
Average final score: 78 points
Italy – 12.0
FYR Macedonia – 11.3
Greece – 9.4
Switzerland – 8.5
Montenegro – 8.4
San Marino – 7.8
Austria – 6.3