Eurovision 2018 Review: Belgium – Sennek – A Matter Of Time

sennek a matter of time

Sennek will sing ‘A Matter of Time’ for Belgium in Lisbon
Belgium has been doing very, very well in Eurovision in recent years. Last year, Blanche managed to reach 4th place with her entry ‘City Lights’, which was the third top 10 finish in a row for them. As one is never supposed to change a winning method, the Belgians opted for an international selection once again. Sennek (stage name of Laura Groeseneken) is the lucky one and she will perform her entry ‘A Matter of Time’ on stage in Lisbon in May. Another top 10 finish seems well within reach with this one!

Sennek wrote the track together with Alex Callier of the band Hooverphonic and Maxime Tribeche. Sennek and Callier had been writing together before and ‘A Matter of Time’ is not miles way from the sound of Hooverphonic. It sounds like it could well have been an excellent James Bond soundtrack! The build up is suspenseful and the chorus delivers exactly what it promises to. Sennek’s vocals are warm and soulful in the verses and she hits some proper big notes in the chorus that sound more than pleasant in studio version. If she can reproduce this flawlessly in a live setting, the Belgians are definitely looking at another Eurovision success.

The only minor issue I have with this song are the rhymes in the first verse (commotion, emotion, station, combination, imagination, sensations), that seem a bit forced. If that is the only critique, you know Belgium has another potential smash in their hands. ‘A Matter of Time’ is maybe not as instant as ‘City Lights’ or their 2015 entry ‘Rhythm Inside’ (that reached 4th place too), but they delivered another exquisitely produced quality track with a distinct sound that stands out. Judging by the music video Sennek and her team have a clear vision of what the visuals for this track should look like and hopefully that will translate well to The Eurovision stage. If so, qualification for the final should be a formality and a top 10 spot there would be throroughly deserved.



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