Give us a second, you all. Michael Schulte is making us cry.
Michael Schulte finished third on the first season of The Voice of Germany. His first single “Carry Me Home” was a top 10 hit in Germany in 2012. He co-wrote “You Let Me Walk Alone” with Thomas Stengaard (who co-wrote “Only Teardrops”), Nisse Ingwersen, and Nina Müller.
The lyrics are a tribute to Michael’s late father and not surprisingly, Michael gave a touching performance at Unser Lied für Lissabon. It’s not hard to understand why the two judging panels and the televoters all gave him top marks.
Unfortunately, we found the music to be gratingly schmaltzy. Maybe that’s a bit unfair of us: what other kind of music would we expect to accompany the lyrics, speed metal? But it’s the type of song that we expect to hear in a commercial advertising a very special episode of a television dramedy. It’s music to accompany something else, not to stand on its own. As warm as we found the lyrics to “You Let Me Walk Alone,” we are left feeling cold by the song as a whole.