STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 179696-29393 LABEL: Reunion FORMAT: Digital Only Single
Reviewed by Matthew Cordle
Released on Matthew West's Story House Collective, this single is from Leanna's debut EP. With the title "Funeral" I was expecting a somewhat sombre song of mourning. In fact this is a jaunty, toe-tapping celebration of the burial of "the old me" and praise to God for new birth. The lyrics are arresting: "When my time runs out I'll be happy to leave/Yeah 'cause it won't be me they're laying in the ground/I'll be with you standing in the sun", recognising that there is a poignancy to physical death, before picking up the celebration once again with, "until that day comes I'm throwing a funeral for the old me." The combination of Leanna's sweet voice and a superbly crafted, story-telling song will appeal across the age divide: after two plays my teenage daughters in the other room were singing the catchy chorus from memory and asking me what it was so they could add it to their Spotify libraries.
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