3 May 2021
This might be the first time I’ve ever spotlighted an artist for a particular Eurovision Song Contest, especially one that doesn’t provide my favourite song for the year. In fact, Tick-Tock, by Albina for Croatia, is only my fourth favourite, so what’s the deal? Quite simply, it’s Albina!
I based my review and final ranking solely on the official preview video, saying:
The hypnotic Tick-Tock hook is the strongest component of this song and is adeptly used. It’s a great package and I love the addition of the Croatian language section, especially that Albina pronounces Tick-Tock with a Croatian accent during that phase. That’s attention to detail!
I felt that has undersold Albina as an artist because the official video hides the quality of her vocals. While you can tell she’s capable, you don’t appreciate she offers so much more. It was only after perusing some of her other content over the weekend that I realised this girl really can sing. So let’s appreciate Albina!
First, let’s watch the official video of Tick-Tock
Now, the live national final performance at Dora 2021
The recently released Vintage Version
The Acoustic Version
Where it started – The Voice
Imuna Na Strah – Albina’s first single
The local Croatian version of Tick-Tock
Finally, Albina’s version of Husavik (My Home Town)
This song is from the movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga and was performed at the Adriatic PreParty (at 1:33)
Like many great songs, Tick-Tock was an easy creation
The Big Question
Would I bump Croatia up the ranking? Probably one spot to 3. That would be based on the national final performance as it really elevates the song and showcases Albina better. The recorded version only hints at Albina’s capability, notably with the glorious phrases leading into the chorus and the “don’t go” sections, so its present ranking is predominantly on the quality of the song itself, which is obviously outstanding for it to rank so high.
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