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Sunday, 20 January 2013 04:43

MESC 2013: Reviewing the track 'Perfect Day'

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In foreign territories, achieving success is somewhat more challenging due to the size of the country and there is a different estimation and relevance to the term but nevertheless, one of the means of doing so when it comes to the local music scene is surely through the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which sees to an act heading to represent the country abroad. Some of the former representatives have made a number of contacts and thus could ultimately work within the industry in a predominant manner. Promotion is key for any of the competing artists in the competition and therefore, the Public Broadcasting Services led by Chief Executive Officer, Anton Attard has seen to it that each of the twenty-four semi-finalists has a schedule of appearances on a number of radio and television shows. In the meantime, escflashmalta.com is also proudly promoting each act and entry through a series of reviews conducted by professional critics, of which the eventual winner will get an award through Sas-Sitta on the 9th February. More than half-way through, the fourteenth entry to be presented bears the name Perfect Day, composed by Boris Cezek with lyrics by Dean Muscat and sung by Janice DeBattista.

Janice DeBattista is a relative newcomer as a soloist within the local music scene but nevertheless, she brings about experience having been the lead singer alongside Louise Ann Tate who also just happens to be a former finalist of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest of the band known as Salt. The musical group is renowned for their Christian Pop/Rock type of genre and predominantly feature seven people in total, some of which might be expected to join Janice during her performance at this years’ edition of the competition. Salt reached their respective heights in 2007 by virtue of winning the Best Newcomer at the Bay Music Awards, something that was indeed followed by the Best Band Award in 2008 respectively. A high degree of confidence surrounds Janice surely noting that the group have performed extensively in Australia, Germany, Gibraltar and Spain. As far as albums go, the group has already recorded a couple including Hello Truth in 2006 and Less Noise More Love in 2009. Janice DeBattista is bringing about a totally different sound to the one which she has grown to perform with the band as she tries to take up the solo route, something which seemingly encompasses the vocals which she provides.


Janice DeBattista is a complete newcomer to the world of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, she is going to take up this experience with positivism and strength, hopefully bringing about a totally different type of artist to the competition, something which the Public Broadcasting Services has been working on for the past couple of years. The entry is entitled Perfect Day and is a piano based ballad with particular focus on the vocals. It does build up relatively slowly but does get going with the aid of the backing vocalists, which give it the required edge which the judges might have enjoyed. The track on itself wouldn’t stand out but with the right running order, would definitely stand on its own. The composer is notable producer Boris Cezek, who has worked with some of the nations’ top artists including Kristina Casolani, Ivan Filletti, Salt, Eve Ransom, Robert Galea and Thomas Hedley as well as lyricist Dean Muscat who has worked with Raquela, former Eurovision Song Contest representative, Thea Garrett and Corazon amongst others. This is the first of their entries which is being presented on escflashmalta.com noting that they have also co-written together the tracks Us Against the World performed by Gianni as well as Tomorrow performed by Gianluca Bezzina. 

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 42%

Sharon Vaughn: This is well sung and the song itself is very well constructed. She is performing the story well and there is a lot of meaning behind the lyrics.

Martin Isherwood: Hard to know what the song is about despite the obvious title. Hard to engage with lyrically. Good voice although a little thin / nasal. Interesting change into chorus. The arrangement doesn’t really build or develop as the song progresses. Despite being well put together. Very unlikely to do well in Eurovision. Could work for Will Young. 

Stano Simor: Very nice song. Considering the audience of the competition, this will fit in quite nicely using the 70s pop atmosphere that would appeal to a wider range of listeners. The vocals along with the arrangement are well aligned and performed. Pleasant voice. Production is  not among the best in this competition. An oomph of some sort is needed to make this stand out.

Roberto Meloni: Quite intriguing, she does remind me of one of Malta's former representatives, already seen and somewhat forgotten, next please!

Lina Eriksson: The singer has a clean and beautiful voice that together with this song gives me a feeling of a Disney soundtrack. Sweet, but not for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. A bit boring I’m afraid. I think this song will have a hard time making it in this crowd.  

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com


Last modified on Sunday, 20 January 2013 04:49