Review: Aisel- ‘X My Heart’ (Azerbaijan)

Artist: Aisel

Song: X My Heart

Country: Azerbaijan

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★

Ranking: 4th

Betting Odds: 67/1

Since 2015 Azerbaijan have selected their Eurovision artist through an internal selection process. 2018 is no different and they’ve but their faith in the singer Aisel. Aisel will be singing the song ‘X My Heart’ at Eurovision 2018 and will be hoping to continue Azerbaijain’s unblemished record of having qualified for the final in every year they began competing.

‘X My Heart’ is composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos (‘Shady Lady’ 2008, ‘Hold Me’ 2013, ‘You Are the Only One’ 2016) and Tim Bran, while the lyrics are once again provided by Sandra Bjurman (‘Skeletons’ 2017, ‘Hour of the Wolf’ 2015, ‘When the Music Dies’ 2012). The composers’ back catalogue at Eurovision has given us some of the greatest up tempo pop songs in the Contest’s recent history, while the lyricist’s resumé reads as some of the most bizarre confused lyrics in the recent past (not necessarily a criticism as this can help the song stand out too). Well, ‘X My Heart’ is an amalgam of these two features.

The song is an up tempo song. While in parts a mid tempo ballad, the chorus has a heartening and happy refrain. The lyrics meanwhile are as daft as some of Bjurman’s previous attempts. Instead of the ‘thorn jeans’ expressed in DiHaj’s song ‘Skeletons’, we now have ‘misty moon’s which conveniently rhymes but makes no sense with the next line ‘I’m your loon’.

Aisel gives an electrifying vocal on the track and her tonal quality is reminiscent of Lady Gaga’s vocal. Equally stunning is just how much effort has been given to the set for the live performance. In rehearsals earlier this week we got our first sneak peak at the staging and it would seem Azerbaijan have gone all out with tilted plinths and wind machines creating an atmospheric performance.

Aisel should have no problem maintaining Azerbaijan’s qualifying streak. She may even propel them back in to the top ten for the first time since 2012.

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

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

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