Alcohol You

Alcohol You” is a song recorded by Romanian singer Roxen, digitally released on 21 February 2020 by Global Records. It was written by Ionuț Armaș and Breyan Isaac, while Viky Red solely handed its production. “Alcohol You” emerged as the winner of Selecția Națională 2020 and was thus scheduled to represent Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 before the event’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic in China and its spread to other countries. Roxen had previously been internally selected at the country’s representative by Romanian Television (TVR).

2020 song by Roxen

“Alcohol You”
Single by Roxen
Released 21 February 2020 (2020-02-21)
Length 2:55
Label Global
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Viky Red
Roxen singles chronology
You Don’t Love Me
(2019)
Alcohol You
(2020)
“Spune-mi”
(2020)
Eurovision Song Contest 2020 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
  • Ionuț Armaș
  • Viky Red
Lyricist(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Contest cancelled
Entry chronology
◄ “On a Sunday” (2019)
“Amnesia” (2021) ►

Musically, the track is a ballad that discusses emotions such as sadness, despair, hope and nostalgia, as well as finding inner peace. It has a minimalistic and Billie Eilish-inspired production. “Alcohol You” was generally well received by music critics upon release, receiving praise for its lyrics and Roxen’s vocal delivery. To promote the song, a lyric video was uploaded to YouTube simultaneously with the track’s digital availability. Directed by Bogdan Păun, Roxen is shown in front of a neon sketch of herself alongside light and smoke effects. Additionally, the singer performed “Alcohol You” on the native talk show La Măruță and radio station Virgin in February and March 2020, respectively.

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The lyrics of “Alcohol You” were written by Breyan Isaac and Ionuț Armaș. The latter composed the song alongside its sole producer Viky Red.[1]Global Records made it available for digital download in various countries on 21 February 2020.[2] Lyrically, the “dramatic” ballad[3] discusses emotions such as sadness, despair, hope, nostalgia and finding inner peace.[4][5]Romanian Television (TVR) labelled it as a “genuine anthem of universal love”.[4]Music critics noted a minimalistic production, with one comparing it to the works of American singer Billie Eilish.[6][7] For the purpose of Roxen’s scheduled Eurovision Song Contest 2020 participation, the closing chorus of “Alcohol You” was remastered, with “extended notes […], new strings dial[ing] up the urgency and percussion” being added.[8] Throughout the song, its title is used as a word play for “I’ll call you”. Regarding Roxen’s vocal delivery, an ESCUnited staff member noted that “[t]hey does that grating indie voice where monosyllabic words are contorted (‘mind’ is my-eye-und, ‘line’ is lye-eye-ine, etc)”.[6]

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