1958 Contest Song Reviews: France and Luxembourg

France sends in their first male performer, André Claveau with “Dors, mon amour” (Sleep, My Love). It’s clear that Claveau has a strong voice and glides along with the music, which is probably what won him the contest in the end. The song is effectively a lullaby, with Claveau’s characters weaving images of sleeping princesses and gentle descriptions of the night to his lover. It doesn’t do much for me personally, but I can see where the appeal is.

Luxembourg continues the trend of love with “Un grand amour” (A Great Love), performed by Solange Berry. Regrettably, I find this even less interesting than the French entry, as the song traces a narrative arc of falling in and out of love without anything particularly interesting going on musically. This feels like overly-familiar ground, already a cliche of sorts for the contest.