Review of the song "Love Love Peace Peace" from Eurovision Song Contest 2016
When listening with half an ear to the 2016's Eurovision Song Contest, I came
across the song Love Love Peace Peace, sung by Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede.
This song ran non-competitive as a filler from the song presentations to the
I can't stop writing a review of the song, so here you are:
Very positive aspects of the song/show are:
- It sounds great - and exactly as a typical Eurovision song. I can't describe why - just one hint: there are two Halbtonrückungen [semitone progression / root note shifting / ... - what's the English word for it?]
- It's ironic (I guess as the acts are somewhat exaggerated and as there are many many different acts together which usually don't fit together and as the moderators make some funny suggestions (example: analyzing past songs but saying "Don't look back!") )
- The moderators do a "normal" job in the beginning and end up as singers, making this fundamental change in few subtle steps: 1) background music, 2) costumes, 3) pure chant, 4) chant embedded in a big show.
- You don't realize how the singers change from the main stage to the small extra stage until you have watched the video several times.
- The last word "[don't look] ->back<-" exactly meets the last beat of the drum of the introductory music - great timing!
- The reaction of Mrs. Mede after being interrupted the third time by Mr. Zelmerlöw has a good timing as well.
- From my point of view: the text is understandable - this make the song different to many other songs in which I have problems getting the text (a phenomena independent of the actual song's language).
There are few flaws:
- The music is not live, even the silent drum of the grandmother or the drums of the "models" or the "folklore" instrument. (But this is OK since this affects every ESC song and could be seen as ironic, too. Not least does the DJ "pretend" to scratch and the "fake" piano does burn.)
- Two times in series the word "(not) efficient" is used for an song/show
element. (Whereas all the other times such repetitions are evaded, even in
chorus.) But this repetition could be intentional in order to express the
expectation to make a song a guaranteed winning song and that thereby the
beauty/art is forgotten while integrating purposeful elements as favours
instead. In this case this item has to be assessed as positive aspects of
- The text changes quickly between me, you, we, ...; this could be more consistent.
- The sexual innuendos could be more low-key. (Of course this is a matter of taste.)
- Alexander Rybak seems to talk to someone and shrugs.
- After the word "snow", Måns Zelmerlöw continues to sing the tone while Petra Mede stops it quickly. (This is not a flaw, as by this you can learn much about the sound of chant.)
It prettily must have made fun to invent that song - and so it does to watch it!
of May 24, 2016,
on 29 May 2016.