There is no doubt that Conchita Wurst has made an impact in her own unique way. The winner of last year’s Eurovision has electrified the gay community with her unique drag look and a string of inspirational pop songs like ‘Heroes’ and ‘You Are Unstoppable’.
Her debut album ‘Conchita’ is unfortunately more miss than hit, experimenting with dance influences that don’t always pay off;
‘Up For Air’ sounds inspired by the likes of Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ but is let down by subpar production.
‘Colours Of Your Love’ is slightly better thanks to its on-trend electronic breakdown post chorus but it doesn’t reach the international standard.
We have no issue with Conchita pushing outside of her usual baroque pop sound, but the dance songs on here are more anemic than anthemic.
‘Somebody To Love’ and current single ‘Firestorm’ both sound really under-produced.
Far better is ‘Where Have All The Good Men Gone’, which is Conchita by numbers. It’s sassy, brassy and showcases Conchita’s vocal chords perfectly.
The final third of the album is dedicated to Conchita ballads.
Whilst we liked the softness of ‘Other Side Of Me’, the highlight here is, without doubt, ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’. The Bond- style power ballad remains her crowning glory.
Whilst we are grateful that Conchita tried to branch out of her box and show versatility, we can’t help but feel a bit let down.
She should definitely go down the dance route in the future, as her powerful voice could easily pull off the ‘heartbreak on the dancefloor’ mentality. We just hope that next time she gets better material to work with!
Maybe a cover of modern day dance/pop standards like Cher’s ‘Believe’ or Madonna’s ‘Ray Of Light’?
Download : Where Have All The Good Men Gone, Rise Like A Phoenix.