After last year’s dismal result, France revamped how it chose its Eurovision entries, and they selected Amandine Bourgeois as their performer back in January. The song, “L’enfer et moi,” was released today, and it is very French. I know you don’t believe it coming from an American, but I mean that in the absolute best possible way.
Listening to it, I’m whisked away to Paris 1968. I have no idea what Paris was like in 1968, but I’m pretty sure “L’enfer et moi” captures it. The song is a great example of a song that feels retro without feeling dated. While the song doesn’t really go anywhere musically, the intensity of the vocal increases as the song progresses, ending with a real wallop.
“L’enfer et moi” reminds me a bit of Nina Zilli’s “L’Amore È Femmina” from last year’s Song Contest. Only… well, dirtier. Not in a ribald way. I just mean that it sounds more raw, more worldly, less slick, and more bad-ass. (Which is saying something, because Nina Zilli was pretty bad-ass in her own right.)
France has been one of my favorite Eurovision countries the past few years. Sébastien Tellier, Patricia Kaas, Jessy Matador, and Anggun have all had really good songs. Unfortunately, like Amaury Vassili, Tellier and Anggun ended up fizzling on the Eurovision stage. I hope that Bourgeois can emulate Kaas’ success and that “L’enfer et moi” finishes toward the top of the leader board.