Kelleigh Bannen's "Church Clothes," written by Liz Rose and Nicolle Galyon, is a song that speaks about what's beyond the surface. The truth that we don't talk about. In the situation of this song, it's a relationship that's slowly breaking down, and the couple is forced to pretend they're doing fine. The lyrics are carefully chosen and put together, so even if you don't go to church, even if you don't dress up often, we all understand the feeling of acting like we're fine even when we're far from it. But lyrics are only words if not for a singer. Bannen didn't write the song, but it sure sounds like she did. Emotion pours out of every word, every note. At some points, the gravely sound in her voice peeks through more than other times, as if she's having trouble singing the song without getting emotional. In the second verse, when she sings, "I'm thinking how I can't go on," it sounds like she really can't. The delivery is as strong as the lyrics.
This is more than just a song. It's a social statement. It reveals the truths that most of us attempt to forget. It allows us to understand each other more. For anyone struggling in life right now, this song is for you. It's here to remind you that life is hard, and even though it doesn't seem like it, everyone else's life is hard as well. You are not alone.
Overall rating: 5 crowns