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Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Copenhagen

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Copenhagen

1 Jan 2014
4.6 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2014
  • Release Date: 14 April 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Universal Music (Denmark) A/S
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  • Total Length: 1:55:13
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  • ASIN: B00JAXQRXW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,714 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 May 2014
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The annual double cd release which collects all the entries from that year's Eurovision song contest. In this case all thirty six songs that entered the 2014 event in Copenhagen.

This follows the usual format for these, in that the inlay booklet gives a brief introduction then has photos of all the artists along with all the required information about their entries such as nationality, song title, running time, plus copyright notices.

The songs this year do lean towards female singers with backing artists, but as ever there is a fair amount of variety. Hearing them on cd does allow you to appreciate - or not as the case may be - some where perhaps the performance may not have measured up.

They are as follows:

Disc one:
Albania. A high pitched lady singer doing a very involved song that must have been hard to pull off. It's good but doesn't really have impact.
Armenia. A solo male singer with a loud power ballad. It's very powerful and very good.
Austria. Bearded lady conchita shows us all how to sing. A great performance and number that deserved to win.
Azerbaijan. Another lady singer with an atmospheric number that's not bad.
Belgium. Not too many ballads around this year, but here's one. An operatic ode to mothers. That is good for what it is.
Belarus. A novelty number that ends up being quite catchy and not unappealing.
Switzerland. A whistling heavy tune that brings a smile to the face.
Germany. A pink lookalike with a song that is the kind of thing she might do. It's okay for what it is.
Denmark. A catchy little number playing on love song clichés. It's addictive.
Estonia. Solo lady singer good voice good pop but doesn't stick in the mind for long.
Spain.
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I love the songs from Israel, Montenegro, Romania, Spain, Portugal, Belarus, Russia and even Switzerland.

I hope I will see all these countries in the Final!

May the best song wins!
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If you liked this year's Eurovision, you'll love the album - what more is there to say?! I love Eurovision and I have the last four albums! I am possibly the saddest person on the planet but there you go! Cheesemungus!
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Based on an initial impression after the first few plays, this seems to be a ballad heavy year with less variety than usual and not many stand-outs.

The live shows introduce the visual gimmicks that make the performances more memorable of course, but based on this soundtrack alone, the final scores look likely to be determined by the bloc vote again rather than by a runaway winner.

The Netherlands and Malta prompted a second listen, but they rarely have enough support to get beyond the semi-finals. As for the UK entry, we have heard similar before, but maybe it could fare better in this year's lacklustre company.

Overall, unless it proves to be a ` grower', this year may disappoint...

**Update**

Further star added as it seems a grower after all - and the kids love it (fills a gap where TOTP used to be)As in previous years, we will take this in the car for our summer holiday soundtrack.
Lets see how current Eastern European tensions will affect the bloc vote this year... love, peace - and music!

**Final post-match analysis**
It grew a beard! - Conchita not necessarily the best song on the album, but certainly a well deserved winner on the night with a convincing live performance (if imitation is the finest form of flattery, even Israel, the home of Dana International, gave Austria douze points - Eastern bloc take note, vote for the song / performance, not the country!)
Special mention to Molly for being the first UK entry for years to absolutely nail the live vocals with a great performance that exceeded the album track and closed the show perfectly - well done - we are all Children of the Universe!
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The thirty-seven entries (two down from 2013)) appear on this double CD along with a bonus track from last year's winning singer Emmelie de Forest. The tracks are in roughly alphabetical order of country, although for the UK entry is between the songs from France and Georgia. The Ireland and Israel that complete the first CD bear a strong resemblance to one another.

There are a number of good songs and most improve on second and third hearing but none of the offerings can be rated as truly outstanding. It is a mystery why the bookmakers have got the Armenian entry by Aram MP3 as head of the betting, but the second favourites Sweden have a strong entry from Sanna Nielsen. Other good songs comes from hosts Denmark, Germany and Spain represented by 2008 X-Factor contestantant Ruth Lorenzo, the entry bears a striking similarity to a well known Elkie Brooks song, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Malta, Netherlands, Norway and controversially, Russia.

The United Kingdom entry, Children of The Universe has a strong hook and if Molly can reproduce her powerful recorded performance in the live show, a top ten finish should ensue. The afore-mentioned Russian entry is performed by a pair of very pretty blonde twins. The song is about peace and love and could have been cherry-picked by Vladimir Putin. The other controversial entry comes from Austria - their artist is a bearded drag queen. The two turkeys are from Poland, who should be eliminated at the semi-final stage and France who as one of the six automatic qualifiers, will unfortunately get a bye into the final. Eurovision veteran songwriter Ralph Siegel, composer of Nicole's winning song, Ein Bisschen Frieden, and six other top four finishers has his 22nd contest entry with San Marino's song, Maybe performed by Valentina Monetta.
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