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Sound of Silence is a good song, but for me it feels like it never gets out of 2nd gear.
Australia previewed their 2016 challenger on SBS this morning and copies of the song are already available from various unofficial sources despite the official release being scheduled for tomorrow.
Dami Im will perform her Sia-influenced power-ballad in semi-final 2.
It’s safe to assume that Dami Im was second choice for Australia given she only found out a week before the presentation. Prior to then, Delta Goodrem was tipped and Betfair shortened in anticipation for the big name reveal.
Dami Im’s selection was defended and fans quickly talked up her unique style while indicating an upbeat song would on the menu. Instead, Dami Im submitted a power-ballad which immediately saw Australia’s price collapse, before eventually returning to the pre-song level. People initially confused a fairly good song with potential winner, or at least in current form.
The fundamental flaw of Sound of Silence is the lack of impact during the refrain. The verses are so well arranged, so it’s difficult to comprehend why they thought a plodding, hollow feel to the refrain was a good idea. It’s tough to pinpoint exactly what’s missing, but the fake drum sounds don’t do the song any justice. Maybe more synth layers would help, or some strings? The big vocal moment leading into the bridge helps, but I fear Dami Im will have lost the audience by then. Sound of Silence is a good song, but for me it feels like it never gets out of 2nd gear. It has the vocal clarity Armenia would kill for, but lacks the musical ferocity of Iveta Mukuchyan’s song.
Having coasted into the 2015 final as automatic qualifiers, Australia will have to suffer the indignity of travelling in steerage class to this year’s final. Luckily, they’re in the easier semi-final, as their ‘guest status’ narrative has gone, and some eastern nations maybe less hospitable. Even so, their song will have enough appeal to qualify on jury score alone, however, once in the final, I think top-10 might be the limit. If the staging elevates the song then maybe top-5 might be on the cards.
Can Australia win in Stockholm?