Released: 11th May 2014.
Recently crowned as the 2014 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, "Rise Like a Phoenix" is a sophisticated ballad, boasting bombastic vocals to accompany its James Bond-styled, melodramatic melody. The lyrics serve as a powerful, uplifting anthem of a broken soul recovering from a failed relationship reborn stronger, prouder, and grander than before. Both studio and live versions manage to impress the listener as Wurst proves that she has the voice to carry such an immense banger.
In the midst of the controversy surrounding the polarizing Wurst emerges an absolute gem of a tune. Hopefully, its greatness and its message will not be lost amongst all the misplaced disgust, archaic intolerance, and juvenile wisecracks. Both the song and its singer are well-deserved champions.