Judah & the Lion Pep Talks

Pep Talks

Judah & the Lion

Released on May 3, 2019 by Judah and the Lion LP2

Main artist: Judah & the Lion

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Alternative & Indie

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On their third full-length, Pep Talks, quirky Nashville trio Judah & the Lion continue to explore the boundaries laid out on their self-descriptive 2016 breakout, Folk Hop n' Roll. Led by singer/guitarist Judah Akers along with mandolinist Brian Macdonald and banjo player Nate Zuercher, the band emerged out of Belmont University's folk scene in 2012, briefly positioning themselves as a worship band before turning to a particularly vibrant secular approach that mixed soaring indie folk, bluegrass, pop, electronica, and hip-hop. Their sense of uplift and defiance has remained a throughline in each of their releases and is the guiding focus of 2019's Pep Talks. In general, subtlety takes a back seat with Judah and his crew, who hit nearly every track hard with a combination of rafter-rattling folk choruses, pounding pop rhythms, emo-tinged raps, digital flourishes, and an unwaveringly earnest tone that colors each overripe genre they manage to cram into a single track. More emotionally vulnerable, yet even less cohesive than prior outings, at 17 tracks Pep Talks is a well-meaning but burdensome set. ~ Timothy Monger
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Album : 1 disk - 17 tracks Total length : 01:00:50

  1. 1 Pep Talk

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2018 Cletus The Van Records

  2. 2 Quarter-Life Crisis

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2018 Cletus The Van Records

  3. 3 Why Did You Run?

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  4. 4 i'm ok.

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  5. 5 pictures

    Daniel James, Producer - Kacey Musgraves, FeaturedArtist - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, Producer, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  6. 6 Over my head

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  7. 7 Queen Songs / human.

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  8. 8 Don't Mess With My Mama

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  9. 9 7000x

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  10. 10 Alright (frick it!)

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  11. 11 GoofBallerz

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  12. 12 JOYBOY

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  13. 13 Passion Fashion

    Daniel James, Producer - Jon Bellion, FeaturedArtist - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  14. 14 Dance With Ya

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  15. 15 Family / Best Is Yet To Come

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Judah Lee Akers, ComposerLyricist - Brian Victor Macdonald, ComposerLyricist - Nathan Edward Zuercher, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  16. 16 sportz

    Daniel James, Producer - Chad Mitchell, ComposerLyricist - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Matthew Delisi, ComposerLyricist - Riley Hutchins, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  17. 17 17

    Daniel James, Producer - Drew Long, Producer - Judah & the Lion, Producer, MainArtist - Trey Elsik, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2019 Cletus The Van Records

  • Album description
  • On their third full-length, Pep Talks, quirky Nashville trio Judah & the Lion continue to explore the boundaries laid out on their self-descriptive 2016 breakout, Folk Hop n' Roll. Led by singer/guitarist Judah Akers along with mandolinist Brian Macdonald and banjo player Nate Zuercher, the band emerged out of Belmont University's folk scene in 2012, briefly positioning themselves as a worship band before turning to a particularly vibrant secular approach that mixed soaring indie folk, bluegrass, pop, electronica, and hip-hop. Their sense of uplift and defiance has remained a throughline in each of their releases and is the guiding focus of 2019's Pep Talks. In general, subtlety takes a back seat with Judah and his crew, who hit nearly every track hard with a combination of rafter-rattling folk choruses, pounding pop rhythms, emo-tinged raps, digital flourishes, and an unwaveringly earnest tone that colors each overripe genre they manage to cram into a single track. More emotionally vulnerable, yet even less cohesive than prior outings, at 17 tracks Pep Talks is a well-meaning but burdensome set. ~ Timothy Monger

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