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Monday, 21 January 2013 03:42

MESC 2013: A Review of 'Starting from the End'

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Formality is extremely important in several key areas of the local music industry but the term has adapted to the period rather than sticking to the old mentality that came with events such as the Eurovision Song Contest where the audience used to wear dresses and tuxedos. The competition itself has changed and this is surely seen with respect to the success achieved by those who eventually compete noting that record labels gobble them up and get to release an album because of massive appeal. This year, the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be selecting the twenty-sixth representative of the country and it could a man, a woman, a duet or even a group but whoever it will be, the result will be the same, they will all do the country proud. Promotion is being done on several key programmes on both television and radio with the aim that the audience gets to know the artists competing especially due to the larger percentage being somewhat newcomers to the typical festival audience. In the meantime, our promotion continues as well, calling on international critics to divulge their opinion on the tracks with the winner set to get an award during the programme Sas-Sitta on NET Television on the 9th February. Dorothy Bezzina is the fifteenth artist to be presented with her song Starting from the End composed by Magnus Kaxe and penned by Gerard James Borg. 

Dorothy Bezzina will be making her fourth appearance at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest noting that she had first managed to make it through to the finals in a duet with Victorio Gauci entitled Promises composed by Chan Vella and penned by Alexia Schembri, followed by a second participation with the song Moments, also co-written between Chan Vella and Alexia Schembri, last year with the song Autobiography composed by Magnus Kaxe and penned by Gerard James Borg and of course this year. The female artist has a predominantly positive track record in the world of musical theatre where she has consistently trained throughout the years. Amongst her achievements, she denotes her roles in musicals such as; The Sound of Music, Jekyll & Hyde, Fiddler on the Roof and The Rocky Horror Show amongst others. She has also had the opportunity to perform in a multitude of national charity events including Voices and Rockestra on more than one occasion. Her love to musical theatre has always well been encompassed and this did indeed show during her stunning renditions at the Simply Webber concert held in 2011 by Masquerade Theatre. Dorothy has seemingly done a lot in her career, and indeed, when one does perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the aims have to be considerably higher.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17RJx6hBuNg

Achieving success with her entry last year, Dorothy Bezzina was most likely eager to work with the songwriters for a second consecutive year and the track Starting from the End was born and follows its predecessor somewhat nicely. The genre of the track is not explained in just a couple of words really, noting a fusion of a pulsing beat into what seems to be a pop track with a clear Scandinavian standing. The focus on the vocals is rather pivotal to the outcome of the song and the vocals indeed shine through the track which will definitely need an extra boost with some live backing vocalists which was the same case last year bringing the song to a whole new level. This is one of the many mixed song-writing teams that have managed to qualify to this years’ semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. The composer is Magnus Kaxe, a man whose background does indeed do him justice noting that he has worked as a songwriter, sound engineer and a producer with the likes of Celine Dion, Backstreet Boys, Clay Aiken, Jessica Folker, Aqua, Westlife, Gareth Gates, Amy Diamond and Britney Spears whilst Gerard James Borg, the co-writer of five Maltese Eurovision entries is most notably collaborating with a number of foreign songwriters with his songs entering the Swedish and Icelandic charts amongst others. 

The Critics Speak Out

Rating: 72%

Sharon Vaughn: A very strong chorus… but the verses are seemingly trying to be more clever than they are heartfelt. She sings great and soars on the choruses when she knows what they mean.

Martin Isherwood: Good strong chorus, but I'm not sure it's the right title - 'against the odds'? Some good lyrics but not sure what the song is trying to say overall. Very strong vocal and musical hooks. Great track. The synth and drum sounds make the track feel 'noisy' . Very good track overall.

Stano Simor: Excellent energy coming from this song which includes a great link to the chorus. Typical example if you combine the correct voice with the right team of songwriters. I can imagine a show on stage that would raise the whole atmosphere of the song.  Strong chorus, which perfectly supports Dorothy's voice. 

Roberto Meloni: Girl with strong vocals is unfortunately not supported by a the best possible composition … I don’t think she will finish higher than her brother although she is extremely talented and beautiful. 

Lina Eriksson: Good composition, good lyrics, good voice. This is one of the better ones for sure but it doesn’t make it all the way. It doesn’t take my breath away. Depends on how Malta will vote. 

Source: Public Broadcasting Services, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn5_jVV_4AA

Last modified on Monday, 21 January 2013 03:46