Guilty Pleasure for 2012

One Sunday morning a few weeks ago at the end of the national finals season, I spent the longest 3 1/2 hours of my life watching Moldova sort through 21 final entries to come up with their entry for 2012. Mostly the songs were horrendous, the production values were impoverished and the costumes laughable! But all’s well that ends well, and somehow they ended up crowning this bizarre little piece of ethno-pop heaven. Pasha’s English is not totally intelligible and who knows what his chances will be in the Contest, but “Lăutar” has a cool 20s speakeasy band atmosphere and obviously infectious sense of fun that add up to one of this year’s unashamed guilty pleasures.

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