Eurovision 2017: [Ireland] Dying to Try / Brendan Murray

A deceptive song from Ireland this year. A very slow-burn, with a charming chorus that provides a return on your investment. I’d originally dismissed ‘Dying To Try’ because of its pedestrian verse, but having listen a few times, I’m persuaded by its charms.

The childlike quality to the tone of Brendan’s voice is what puts me off the most. It’s a song that has weight, but his voice in terms of style doesn’t really deliver. It all feels just a little too fragile and, judging by the rehearsal footage, I think there’s a high chance that fragility will result in some dubious intonation.

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