Eurovision 2017: [France] Alma / Requiem

France will be hoping to build on their impressive 6th place in last year’s contest. They may have a tougher job in 2017.

Requiem is an upbeat melancholic affair with an infectious syncopated riff underpinning a melody with hint of the souk. The song’s toe-tapping chorus brings the track to life. But beware, come the beginning of the second verse, the song has revealed its hand and quickly becomes tired.

Like many songs in this year’s contest, Requiem has a march-like militaristic feel to it. Harmonically there’s a bittersweet mix of hope-fuelled defiance – God knows what the songwriters of Europe are trying to say to the rest of the continent – but there’s little pizzaz in this number to make it truly memorable.

What Requiem lacks over France’s 2016 song is J’ai Cherche’s unbridled ebullience. That makes a similar position in the voting slightly more difficult to predict with certainty. It appearing last on the running order will not do it any favours whatsoever.


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