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Monday, 30 January 2012 10:41

The Critics Choice: 'No Way Back'

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The music industry has not been described as the easiest business to work within especially when it comes to a nation such as Malta which is somewhat small in size and therefore cannot be getting a certain amount of aid through foreign investment. Artists have managed time and time again to fend off for themselves and with that perception of achieving success, they have managed to reach new heights each and every time they sought to move a step further or rather promotes themselves in the most appropriate way through a number of performances in the smaller market, entertaining people who would be having a drink with a friend or so forth. Nevertheless, such experiences have been noted to help the individual mature in other areas of the life because the character and idea of what is out there somewhat changes following this experience. The next artist to face our critics is none other than Klinsmann.

This is one of the artists who has carefully matured through his music and he comes about as a participant in this competition for the sixth time now but nevertheless, brings about the same witty character he has always had all along. The beginning for Klinsmann was back in the Junior Song for Europe when he had competed on a number of occasions including with this number 'Time Is Running Out' from the 2005 edition. One could easily hear a lot of similarities between then and now as his voice has developed well. His first time in the Malta Song for Europe would come in 2007 with the song 'She Gives Me Wings' composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Rita Pace finishing in third place but this would be only the start of a journey noting his return with two tracks in 2008 entitled 'GO' composed by Dominic Galea and penned by Claudette Pace as well as “Super Hero” composed by Philip Vella and penned by Gerard James Borg.

Ultimately he would also take up the position of a songwriter in 2009 when he submitted the song 'Butterfly Sky' alongside the acclaimed Joe Julian Farrugia. The following year though, Klinsmann sought change, brining in Jonathan Spiteri to help him evolve as an artist. Together they came up witht he song 'Her Name Was Anne'. His effort was received well and the collaboration moved into 2011 when he would team up with his main guitarist Ben and duet on the track 'This Love' which was very much appreciated both by the international and the local audience. Apart from the participation in this competition. Klinsmann has appeared on two occasions at the 'Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza', the first time coming in 2007 with the song 'KC1FM' composed by Mark Spiteri Lucas and penned by Rita Pace. The track finished in second place overall and won the public award. He would ultimately return in 2011 during the 20th Anniversary of the competition with the song 'Ħajjitna' composed by Paul Abela and penned by Joe Julian Farrugia.

Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 - An In-Depth Analysis

Klinsmann comes into this competition with good results in the past having managed to finish on a high during his debut by achieving third place prior to a number of placings in the top ten. The track which he is presenting to the audience this year is entitled 'No Way Back' and it is composed by himself alongside Paul Abela with the lyrics by Jonathan Spiteri. The artist is showing himself to be a true artist in his change of genre going from the typical Brit Pop/Rock to a more mellow sound with a couple of rock influences nevertheless. There is a lot of talk that maturity has been transmitted even more on this track than last years' and one could probably agree with this as the showcase of the vocals might be the toughest on this one whilst it seems that it means the world for Klinsmann in the video whilst performing it.

The songwriters on the track include none other than Paul Abela, one of the individuals who should be entered into the hall of fame over in Malta having been commended time and time again for his astounding work in music. When it comes to this competition, his entries have held high esteem throughout the years representing Malta as a conductor on four occasions, and a composer on another three occasions coming in 1991 with the song 'Could It Be' performed by Georgina Abela and Paul Giordimaina finishing in sixth place, in 1996 with Miriam Christine and her track 'In a Woman's Heart' finishing in tenth place and also in 2001 when Fabrizio Faniello and his song 'Another Summer Night' was performed in Copenhagen, Denmark into ninth place. He has also finished as the runner-up in the national final on quite a large number of occasions including with Lawrence Gray, Trilogy, Fabrizio Faniello, Gunther Chetcuti and Georgina. The last member in the songwriting team is Jonathan Spiteri and his work as been exclusive with Klinsmann on his track for the competition.

The Opinion of the Critics

Rating: 52%

Steve Allen: Pleasant enough, good looking kid with good enough voice but not much impact song-wise, it's ok.

Carlos Coelho: This will fight with Gianni for the pop-rock vote. It does sound a lot more natural than Gianni’s song. Nice song, good singer.

Sharon Vaughn: The sitting down part that goes with the lyric… not so cool. But I think this is pretty good. Good voice and decent song.

Martin Isherwood: Opens well nice tune. feels like the lyrics are being improvised as he goes along Chorus is weak melodically and lyrically doesn't pack a punch at all and is almost an anticlimax. Good voice  anti climax ending - just stops   Sounds like every and any guitar boy band

Charlie: Rapino: Wasn't there a player who was a centre forward for Tottenham with this name? Well I do not believe there is a way forward in this particular track mate! Why imitate the Americans with a voice like that? Not too sure!

Source of Audio Visual Material: PBS, Fotoclassic

Last modified on Monday, 30 January 2012 11:45