“Alone” by Sasha Bognibov – A Review

So I procrastinated so much on the genre explanations that I ran up against the first song of the national final season! We’ll get back to those later; we have a very important matter at hand. A couple days ago, the Eurovision edit of our very first possible entry was released.

Perhaps I should clarify: every country has at its discretion its method for choosing the song. Sometimes, they’ll select the song/artist internally, but some countries, such as Sweden, who get higher ratings for their national selection than Eurovision itself, and Moldova, whom we’ll be discussing today, pick their song in a televised event, like a mini-Eurovision for the country.

Usually,  I wouldn’t devote a full post to a single national final entry, but this one’s getting a write-up because:

  1. It was the first song released, and
  2. It is just that good.

Bognibov has released 16 national final entries including this one, and none of them have actually been selected to compete in the Moldovan national final, O Melodie Pentru Europa (“A Song for Europe”). This, however, is his best chance at getting his foot in the door. The vocal is rich and nuanced, and the production, also done by him, makes some truly inspired contrasts between the slower verses and the synthy, catchy, power-pop chorus. His lyrics are extremely evocative, and speak to anyone who’s ever felt even a slight tinge of loneliness at any point in their life. By listen 17, I was finally ready to take advantage of the upbeat chorus and start dancing instead of crying. All in all, I can’t wait to see this song compete at O Melodie Pentru Europa; keep your fingers crossed for him! It might even end up being the Moldovan Eurovision entry, which would put Moldova solidly in my top 10 for the year, possibly even higher. Y’all should also check out the 4-minute version, which features a deeply unsettling music box intro that only adds to the strength of the song.


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