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Erin McKeown: In Search Of Breathing Room

Years in the making — from conception to self-financing to songwriting to recording — Erin McKeown's Hundreds of Lions is her first disc of original songs since 2006. Funded in part through a series of "Cabin Fever" live Web concerts McKeown held behind her house, Hundreds of Lions nicely reflects those freewheeling and unpredictable performances, in which McKeown held court on porches and even in rivers.

Monday's Pick

  • Song: "(Put the Fun Back in the) Funeral"
  • Artist: Erin McKeown
  • CD: Hundreds of Lions
  • Genre: Pop
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hide captionErin McKeown's lilting "(Put the Fun Back in the) Funeral" isn't as happy-go-lucky as its title suggests.

Michael Weintrob
Erin McKeown

Erin McKeown's lilting "(Put the Fun Back in the) Funeral" isn't as happy-go-lucky as its title suggests.

Michael Weintrob

The album itself can be lilting and acoustic or spatial and deep. As sly as its title sounds, "(Put the Fun Back in the) Funeral" isn't about finding the bright side of bad situations; instead, it finds McKeown moving gracefully through a series of scenarios involving entrapment and enclosure. Whether buried in the ground — with dirt echoing on the coffin roof overhead and everything — or trapped on a stifling bus, her protagonist ruminates on a life in which air is in short supply. The lilting pace of "Funeral" maintains a fluttering heartbeat, an unbalanced dance in a deepening spiral. Survival is a struggle, she seems to suggest, though there's a glimmer of joy in the release.

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  • Album: Hundreds of Lions
  • Artist: Erin McKeown
  • Label: Righteous Babe
  • Released: 2009
 

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