Welcome to part 14 in our 39 part breakdown of the Eurovision Song Contest! Today’s breakdown takes us to Amsterdam, where in addition to some the best molly money can buy, you can apparently find country music. The Common Linnets are in it to win it, but do they have the muster to get it done?
Artist: The Common Linnets
Track: “Calm Before the Storm”
Analysis: Okay, quick one minute rant. Why…the fuck…are you doing country music…at friggin Eurovision? I mean, if this were the AMAs or some shit, you’d be straight, but good God, the whole point of this is to be able to win, go on tour where everyone and their mothers will put a sweet vocal house or vocal trance beat on your shit and make you lots of money. When the hell has country music ever benefited from techno? Cotton Eye Joe notwithstanding.
Now that I have that out of my system, let me start by saying that I am not a country fan (thank you Captain Obvious). With that said, Nashville should be proud, a little jealous and maybe a little concerned since The Common Linnets are doing it better than everyone else I’ve heard in a minute. The voices are gold, the melody is nice and mellow. It’s sippin whiskey outside on a sunny day with your dog Blue at the fishin’ hole music if I’ve ever heard it.
Verdict: This is another tricky one because it’s not going to necessarily be done on the merits. They’ll clear the semis, no problem. While I don’t believe country music is as huge worldwide as it is here, I don’t see why they don’t make the finals purely on quality. I wonder if the fact that it’s country music they’re selling hurts their chances, and I don’t know if the youth set connects to them easily, so I don’t think they win, but they may make a good push.