Review: France- Lisa Angell ‘N’Oubliez Pas’

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franceThe French contestant for Eurovision 2015 is Lisa Angell. The singer developed a love of music from a very young age having participated from the age of 11 to 14 in several radio talent shows for the Nice Carnival and was declared the winner in four consecutive years. Later in life Angell has been a regular headline act at piano bars in Paris and more recently she has released three albums including an album of cover songs from female singers of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Her song for Eurovision 2015 is ‘N’Oubliez Pas’. Read on to hear our verdict.

There is no doubting that Angell is a huge talent. The singer has a great voice and her piano bar background really comes out in her musical stylings with her big ballad for Eurovision 2015. You can really see her influences stemming from those jazz records from 30s on.

‘N’Oubliez Pas’ (or ‘Remember’ in English) evokes the memories of the horrors of Nazi Germany occupied France in the Second World War. The lyrics remembers how whole villages were left in ruin when the Nazis invaded and took over:

‘When they arrived
Hidden behind their weapons
They were thousands
They laughed at our tears
They wanted to destroy
My beliefs under their fire
With the words of hatred
Which were unknown to us…’

The message of the song is one of remembrance but also to never forget the atrocities of war. Not only this there is an element of hopefulness which is strengthened with the unwavering vocal from Angell. The message behind the song is made even more pronounced with the video which is filmed on Omaha Beach at Normandy where the D-Day Landings happened in 1944. The video sees Angell light a lantern of remembrance on the beach interspersed with beautiful shots of the scenic French countryside villages, fast moving clouds and the people both old and young who are now able to live a peaceful existence as a result.

The pairing of these striking images with the powerful vocal performance works very well and while the song isn’t an immediate favourite, it grows on you the more you listen to it. While I don’t think this song is a contender for the win, I think it will place in the top half of the leaderboard in the final. Is ‘N’Oubliez Pas’ one of your favourites? Then vote for it in our poll.

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