Written by The Lazy Music Reviewer
This is the latest review by the Lazy Music Reviewer. He is too busy listening to and promoting lots of awesome music (ahem and has a full time job) that he simply doesn’t have time to do an in-depth review (or maybe he is just not a good enough writer to write one – you decide) but he still wants to “review”.
So, the way he works is he will sum up each song in just a few words (sometimes even one word – he’s just that lazy) and then also link via other people’s words to other more in depth reviews (because he’s wicked and he’s lazy) for your reading pleasure because it’s always good to get more than one person’s opinion, right?
Saara Sofia Aalto (born 2 May 1987) is a Finnish singer, songwriter, and voice actress. She came second in the first season of The Voice of Finland in 2012. Aalto competed in the Finnish national selection to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest two times, first in 2011 with “Blessed with Love” and then in 2016 with “No Fear”, both times placing second. On 7 November 2017, it was announced that she had been internally selected by broadcaster Yle to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. The Finnish public chose the song “Monsters”. She qualified for the grand final and finished in 25th place.
She has taken part in musicals on stage and has done a great number of dubbings for feature films and foreign television series. Aalto is the singing voice of Princess Merida in the Finnish version of Disney’s animated film Brave and also the speaking and singing voice of Anna in the Finnish version of Disney’s animated movie Frozen. She has dueted with Adam Lambert, and had concerts together with Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras and pianist Robert Wells. She has released 5 albums on her own record label Yume Records.
In 2016, Aalto came runner-up in the thirteenth series of The X Factor UK, which gained her international recognition. Every fourth Finn watched The X Factor final. Aalto was also the most-Googled person in Finland in 2016. Tabloid newspaper Iltalehti readers voted Saara Aalto as Finnish person of the year 2016. Following the show, she was signed to both Sony Music UK and Finland. In June 2017, Aalto announced via social media that she will be a judge on season two of X Factor Suomi. Four months later, Aalto announced she had left Sony Music for Warner Music Group, citing that her previous deal did not feel like the “right team”.
Wild Wild Wonderland is the major label international debut studio album from the Finnish singer Saara Aalto, released under Warner Music. The album was released on 27 April 2018, prior to Aalto’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Let’s have a listen…
1 – Monsters
“Eurovision-tastic!”, The Lazy Music Reviewer
“a wonderful dance-pop tune“, Gav The Gothic Chav
“infectious pop dance hybrid “, A Bit Of Pop Music
2 – HӒN
“What does HӒN actually mean?“, The Lazy Music Reviewer
“it’s brief but it is enjoyable“, Gav The Gothic Chav
3 – DANCE!!!
“This song needs more !’s – love it!!!“, The Lazy Music Reviewer
4 – Queens
“Anthem!“, The Lazy Music Reviewer
“Favourite track!“, Fierce & Fabulous Revolution
5 – Half A Heart
“I hope you find the other half Saara“, The Lazy Music Reviewer
“doing Gaga better than Gaga has done for years“, ScandiPop
6 – Dance Like Nobody’s Watching
“it’s nice to have less energy sometimes – what a beautiful song“, The Lazy Reviewer
“we’re head over heels with the album’s big ballad“, ScandiPop
“a very emotive track and rich in reflection and self-confidence, resulting in an incredibly sweet listen, absolutely lovely stuff”, Gav The Gothic Chav
7 – Sirens
” #LiveYourBestLife “, The Lazy Reviewer
“the lyrics from this song really can connect with so many of us, on a very deep & emotional level“, Fierce & Fabulous Revolution
8 – Don’t Deny Our Love
“We won’t – thanks Saara“, The Lazy Music Reviewer
9 – My Touch
“hold my drink!“, The Lazy Music Reviewer
“continues to pump out the dance-inspired soft pop“, Gav The Gothic Chav
“Saara takes us to clubland“, ScandiPop
10 – Walking On Nails
“sharp!“, The Lazy Reviewer
“basically the perfect pop song“, ScandiPop
11 – Domino
“dominoes fall but always get picked back up!“, The Lazy Reviewer
“one of the best songs released this year“, ScandiPop
12 – Wild Wild Wonderland
“do what makes you feel good“, The Lazy Reviewer
“favourite track!“, Fierce & Fabulous Revolution
13 – No Fear
“what a great song to Finnish (get it?) good luck #TeamNoFear“, The Lazy Reviewer
“utilises low-key classic Indian instrumentation to add character to an already up-beat, positive track“, Gav The Gothic Chav