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Armenia: Srbuk – Walking Out

Srbuk will represent Armenia in Tel Aviv with her song, Walking Out. Walking Out probably has one of the strongest choruses in the Contest, but it is let down by a weak 30-second mid-section, plus the jump from chorus to verse is a tad clunky and jarring. However, the middle-eight and key-change climax does rescue the song to a certain degree. The Bond-esque brassy flourishes add to what is a wholesome musical arrangement from Armenia, yet the the markets have reacted negatively to Srbuk's effort. On the face of it, Walking Out is much more accessible than last year's effort, Qami, but…
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Walking Wounded

Semi-final 2 isn't the sort battlefield Srbuk needed

User Rating: 3.24 ( 26 votes)

Srbuk will represent Armenia in Tel Aviv with her song, Walking Out.

Walking Out probably has one of the strongest choruses in the Contest, but it is let down by a weak 30-second mid-section, plus the jump from chorus to verse is a tad clunky and jarring. However, the middle-eight and key-change climax does rescue the song to a certain degree.

The Bond-esque brassy flourishes add to what is a wholesome musical arrangement from Armenia, yet the the markets have reacted negatively to Srbuk’s effort. On the face of it, Walking Out is much more accessible than last year’s effort, Qami, but semi-final 2 isn’t the sort battlefield Srbuk needed. The danger is that she appears too aggressive on stage, which has affected female performers before her, though as Sevak learned last year, it doesn’t only affect women.

This is the sort of song that could qualify and find its way to the left-hand-side of the scoreboard, or struggle and finish around 18th like Artsvik.

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7 comments

  1. Armenia have fallen away slightly.
    They were really going for it from 2014-2017 even though some of their concepts didn’t come off and even now I think they’re still one of the more ambitious countries so I had fairly high hopes for this despite the fact I don’t hugely rate Srbuk. Instead it’s a bit of a mismatch, I don’t know what this song is supposed to be, it’s not bad – except the key change- but it’s hard to be anything other than indifferent to it.
    I think it can qualify, but looks to be somewhere from 15-20th in the final.
    Tamta looks to be the only woman with a chance at the top 5.

  2. Armenia are returning to form after last year’s NQ.

    On the positive side:
    This is an unusual and interestingly structured song. In my personal opinion above the average for this year’s contest.
    The chorus is a belter.
    Srbuk gives confidence she can deliver vocally – and with modern sounding songs this usually attracts jury support

    On the negative side:
    Especially on first listen, the song takes about a minute to get going
    It may be too challenging for televoters and even for some jurors.

    I see Walking Out as qualifying from Semi 2. Top 10 in the final, although unlikely, may be within reach if juries get behind it and the diaspora comes out in support.

  3. I really like this.Its probably one of the best songs this year,and one with big staging potential.The key change and bridge in the studio version arent perfect.The bridge is really risky,but you have to think they are like that with staging in mind.
    The imagery is really strong and the refrain/climax probably the best this year.
    However there are red flags.Its fierce,and that hasnt worked at ESC much ever.Its produced to the edge of its life,and while that makes it polished it also takes away its natural delivery.Srbuk is going to have to inject the human side.Shes very talented,but is she experienced enough to get it right?.
    The English is also poor.The song needs clear vocals and we dont get them.Not to get them in the studio version is a big worry.She needs to work hard on that.
    This is an entry that could shorten into much lower prices if they get everything right.It could challenge the top places or fail badly.Iv backed it in the 70s to 80s region and im interested to see if Srbuk can confirm her potential as an artist on a massive stage,or not.

  4. Expected something much stronger by Srbuk as I’ve been a fan of her for a while. I would’ve loved to see her do something more original and upbeat rather than this style which we see so many countries imitating in this years ESC. The same mid tempo song with a socalled powerful chorus, but lacks originality. Oh well, maybe next year Armenia.

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