Review: Christabelle- ‘Taboo’ (Malta)


Artist: Christabelle

Song: Taboo

Country: Malta

Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Ranking: 30th

Betting Odds: 201/1

After three previous attempts at the Maltese Eurovision selection show, Christabelle was finally chosen to represent her country in 2018. She was visibly emotional when she was announced as the winner. Tears in her eyes, as many years of hard work paid off.

Her song ‘Taboo’ is a collaborative effort with Swedish songwriter Thomas G:Son who has penned many other Eurovision hits including the 2012 winner ‘Euphoria’ by Loreen. Christabelle is a mental health advocate and uses the song to talk about issues around the subject, specifically how talking about mental health has become taboo in our society. She was even recently invited to the UK Houses of Parliament to perform at en event on mental health awareness.

While this is an admiral cause, I’m not sure it lends itself well to an up tempo dance song. In addition to this, the lyrics used in the song are very cliche and obvious. She uses the metaphor of ‘demons’ for mental health issues which has been overused time and again. Then there’s the use of rhyming words like ‘stones’ and ‘bones’ and ‘criminals’ and ‘animals’ which almost border on nursery rhyme.

Christabelle however is a tour de force. She is clearly passionate about both her music and the message it conveys. Her live vocals are strong and she will definitely give it all in her performance in the second semi final. She may just about slip into the final.

For more information on the artist here is 10 Things About…Christabelle!

The full lyrics to the song are here and check out the video below!

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