Netherlands: Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper – Burning Daylight Review

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Having a Eurovision winner involved in the composition of a song can give it some clout. Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper will hope having Duncan Laurence’s fingerprints all over Burning Daylight will give them something close to the slightest edge over their competitors. 

Even if you didn’t know about Laurence’s involvement, it’s not hard to pick out his musical influence on the track. Pensive piano? Yes. Sad script? Yes. 

Cooper leads the song in the first verse and chorus, with Nicolai providing the most gentle of harmonies. She takes the lead for the second verse with the introduction of a much-needed drumbeat. It’s all very typical. 

Cooper uses his vocal range to near-rescuing effect together with Nicolai in the second chorus, and this is where the song really starts to breathe. It’s perfectly natural for a duet of this nature to build section by section in the way it does, but the charming explosion comes a little late. 

The final half a minute that features the repeating “Goodbye, old life” is the biggest treat of a largely dull and predictable affair. 

Burning Daylight is a Eurovision song, just not a groundbreaking one.

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