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Walk on Water isn't a generic Eurovision dance track and this is the sort of song you'd expect to hear in the charts today.
I always love replacement songs because it means I can write another review, said no one ever!
At least Ira has improved on the disjointed mess that was Chameleon and brought a touch of soulful handbag house to Eurovision.
The Melodifestivalen aficionados among you will no doubt hear the Molly Pettersson-Hammar overtones, that’s because this year’s andra chansen dropout has a writing credit. I have it on very good authority that Walk On Water was not entered into Melodifestivalen, so Ira isn’t getting sloppy seconds.
The intro is wonderfully atmospheric and really sets up the feel-good chorus with that classic-house piano. The second drum and bass verse does lose a bit of momentum, but the second chorus into the gospel bridge and onwards to the end is a fully charged minute-and-a-half of uplifting house that should act as a happy pill in the sea of Sia-inspired ballads. Ira quite literally walks all over them.
Walk on Water isn’t a generic Eurovision dance track, this is the sort of song you’d expect to hear in the charts today. It’s is a comfortable qualifier and to my ears, a solid top-10. If the strong staging hints are true, we have may have an each-way contender!
Can Ira walk into the top-10 in Stockholm?