SPAIN – Eurovision 2012 introduced Pastora Soler to an international audience when she brought Spain to the top 10 in the contest with ‘Quédate Conmigo’.
An album followed plus a gruelling tour schedule. Today sees her release a new song called ‘Vive’ or ‘Lives’ (something that the Spanish National Football team seem to be running out of at the World Cup). Soler’s fans will be happy to learn that she will also have a new album out in September.
However, what of the song and video? Well Pastora has an amazing voice that she demonstrated at Eurovision. The song though falls into that trap of sounding like it is two different songs that have been spliced and rearranged into this 3 minute offering. Both songs would be perfect on their own – like Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston – but together they just don’t move in the same direction at the same time.
There is a rather strange key change in the bridge between the chorus and verse that just sounds out-of-place like the World Cup being held in Qatar – oh wait a minute! No that still sounds strange.
‘Vive’ goes from a rock to a pop song and back again. As for the video – well all I was waiting for was a ‘Marks & Spencer’ logo to pop up. I guess if you can’t tell I think ‘Vive’ is not up to Soler’s usual high standard that I always like. Let’s hope that it is not indicative of her new album.
Overall two good songs that should have been left as that – 2 different songs – but I guess we are still economising in these challenging times.
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : Eurovision Ireland