Review: Waylon- ‘Outlaw In ‘Em’ (The Netherlands)

Artist: Waylon

Song: Outlaw In ‘Em

Country: The Netherlands

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆

Ranking: 7th

Betting Odds: 29/1

The Netherlands have had an impressive recent run at Eurovision. The turnaround began with Anouk in 2013 when she ended an eight year streak of not qualifying for the final. A year later and Waylon’s former band The Common Linnets vied for the win with ‘Calm After the Storm’ but missed out on the top spot to Austria’s Conchita Wurst. Douwe Bob and O’G3NE finished just outside the top 10 in 2016 and 2017 and now in 2018 we see Waylon return to Eurovision, this time as a solo artist with song ‘Outlaw In ‘Em’.

The Common Linnets were responsible for bringing a credible Country/Folk song to Eurovision, arguably for the first time. Waylon’s 2018 song attempts to emulate that success with another Country track, this time with more of a Rock/Bluegrass spin on it. The song is old school Country and will stand out among the other Pop songs.

Waylon’s vocal is every bit as gravelly and raw as his hero and namesake Waylon Jennings. ‘Outlaw In ‘Em’ opens with the raspy, memorable line ‘It’s a fine, fine line/Between water and whiskey and wine’. The lyrics voice how there is a potential rebel or outlaw in everyone and how we should embrace this inner outlaw!

The aspect where Waylon could fall down on would be the staging. Despite underlying tensions and the subsequent split, the Common Linnets had unrivalled chemistry on stage. Waylon played off the rapport he had with band mate Ilse DeLange and this was one of the strengths of their presentation in 2014. Even though the 2018 song is more of a high energy number, the staging may be lacking in the respect that he doesn’t have someone to perform with and I think this could cost Waylon a couple of positions on the leader board. I do however see the song making the final.

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

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

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