Albania (Eurovision 2007 Preview)

Frederick Ndoci – “Hear My Plea”

Ok, so this one totally starts out all Lisa Gerrard, with some world beat orchestrations you might expect out of Peter Gabriel, right after the release of “Passion,” but where he had befallen the fate of Cole Porter, i.e. losing all credibility and jobbing for MGM, working scale. Ok, I admit that’s a long way to go to make the point, but hey, I’m going there anyway.

Then Jean Valjean’s understudy starts singing. And it turns into a power ballad from a sensitive male.

All in all, it kind of reminds me of “Where I Want to Be,” as sang by the Russian in the concept album version of the Benny Andersson-Bjorn Ulvaeus-Tim Rice musical Chess.