After failing to qualify for the final an unprecedented 8 years in a row (2005-2012), the Netherlands’ Anouk turned their luck around with her song ‘Birds’ in 2013. This year’s entry is not a far cry away from Anouk in genre and style and sees them try to emulate her success. The Dutch entry is folky-country duo the Common Linnets, who clearly take some inspiration from recent country success stories the Civil Wars and Lady Antebellum. Their song ‘Calm After the Song’ would not look out of place on the soundtrack for hit TV show ‘Nashville’ and perhaps the show’s popularity could see the Netherlands get their best result for over a decade.
I must admit that I am addicted to this soft, soothing almost-lullaby, and have listened to it three times back-to-back in the course of writing this review. Its quiet drums and a female raspy vocal from lead singer Ilse DeLange is accompanied on backing vocals by her male counterpart Waylon and I just can’t seem to get enough.
The duo work perfectly together to pull off a great song that could thrive outside of the contest. It flies in the face of critics who often remark that the Eurovision never produces any songs of worth and only churns out euro-pop rubbish. However here in lies the problem. The song is probably not best suited to the Eurovision Song Contest and is almost too good to win. The bookies have it at odds as far out as 300/1.
Have a listen to the Common Linnets below and let us know if you agree: