Friday, February 09, 2007

Lookin' for somebody, not a wimp with a tan

Wow! I can't even begin to choose my top three from this round! ...which means I may be forced to do something I was hoping to avoid, but I might not be able to help it. Some people I wasn't expecting to have really surprised me (and thank goodness they did, becaues I was a little worried about being let down near the beginning). I'll update in a few minutes.

All right, in no particular order, my top five (full song titles and artists, in addition to being labeled on the song itself, can be found here):

Something about a name, sung by a boy (doesn't Jimmy sort of sound like McFly? I'm tempted to say first album McFly, but those "ooo"'s sound an awful lot like something out of "Star Girl," don't they? Put this in the "everyone else will hate it, but Poster Girl loves it" file. It may sound young, but it's so much fun! Easily one of my favorites of the competition so far. I'd love to see it do well; even though it might not be the greatest choice if Sweden wants to do as well as possible at Eurovision, could it at least make it to the finals, please? And do well in the charts afterwards?)

Something about a name, sung by girls (a helicopter! It opens with helicopter sound effects! One of the hallmarks of a great pop song--if we include videos, Matt Willis's "Up All Night," Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right," and the Click Five's "Just The Girl" all had helicopters opening their songs. It's got some brilliant lyrics, too, especially in that first verse. I wish the chorus was a little catchier, but I still love this song. Really fun, very poppy and upbeat. Robpop will probably love it.)

Something about worrying (I cannot wait to see this performed! It seems like everyone thinks this will make it to the finals, and that, to say the least, is a very good thing.)

Something about once believing, maybe (I'd never heard of this group before now, but I'm going to have to find out more about them! This is excellent! I sort of wish it was sung really energetically by a girl, because I think that could have made it really fabulous, an absolute impossible-to-listen-to-without-dancing stormer, but it's still great--synthy and super-danceable)

Something about coming (Jessica's song, and I'm not as excited about it as I was hoping to be. Still, maybe that's just because I had really high expectations, and I'm hoping it's going to grow on me. Maybe the performance will do it? I'm posting it because I'm quite sure I'll love it in no time. Uptempo and poppy.)

You can listen to all the songs here; click on the pink arrow next to the artist's name. Malin's song is pretty in a dreamy singer-songwritery way, but I think I prefer Regina's song, which I probably could have posted because I like a lot, too. Actually, why not?

Something about being a star (disco-ish, but not the sort with over-the-top-singing...sort of that "cool disco" style. There's a tiny skip-ish thing near the beginning...I'll go back and fix it ASAP. I already like this a lot, and I could see it jumping up the list in terms of my favorites pretty quickly. For the moment, though, there are other songs that I'd much rather see make it to the final.)

These are all web rips, so let me know if there's something wrong with the audio. Most importantly, don't forget to preorder the album!

Next up: I'm not sure...possibly more Swedish stuff, but I'll try to avoid that if I can.


Troy said...

How cool is THE ARK! I expected to hate their song!

Jessica, Cosmo4, Jimmy all rock my world as well!

Poster Girl said...

Hah! I didn't see your comment until after I went back and edited in the songs, but I completely agree! They were all so great! I was really impressed with this round.

Nick said...

My thoughts:

Well, you should already know who my favorite is... God The Ark are amazing! The Worrying Kind is a massive song... sounds again like an instant classic. Now, to the rest, none of which are even a hundredth as good.

Regina Lund - catchy, and lyrically so-bad-that-it's-almost-good.

Marie Lindberg - too mellow to win, but a pleasant song nonetheless.

Jimmy Jansson - alright, though the percussion in parts sounds off to me.

Cosmo4 - Nothing special to me.

Lustans Lakejer - I actually like this song a lot. Catchy without being saccharine.

Jessica Andersson - I don't really like this. Nothing stands out to me.

Svante Thuresson & Anne-Lie Rydén - Nope, not gonna do it.

GO ARK!!!!

Jamie said...

Ooh, Jessica Andersson' song is rubbish. How could she inflict this on us after the wonderful 'Kaller Natter' last year.

I'm LOVING Regina Lund's song. I love the Madonna-esque talking in different languages intro bit.

Poster Girl said...

Not surprised at all, Nick :) It sounds like everyone's predicting the Ark will make it to the final, though, and I can't even imagine how good their song is going to seem when accompanied with the performance! It really is brilliant, and it has so much staying power.

Jamie, I'm worried I might have to agree with you about Jessica--I loved "Kalla Natter," but this has nothing on that! I still hope she releases an album, though. Regina's song is climbing up my list of favorites so fast it's scary.