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Review: "Folk Hop 'N Roll"

by Ricky Selyukova - 89.1 The Point
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 08:00 pm

 The American alternative band Judah & the Lion hailing from Nashville, Tennessee that started in 2011 just recently released some contributing songs to their third album, "Folk Hop N' Roll" which was released March  2016. On March 17, 2017 the band released "Folk Hop N' Roll (Deluxe)."

The banjo's prominence in "Suit and Jacket" allows the song to build up to its fullest potential. The chanting vocals add a flavor of the childlike dreams that wish to stay in mind as the song talks about remaining young and slowing life down. It's a strong introduction to Judah & the Lion's new album. 

The album cover is an image of an astronaut, which brings the song "Going to Mars" full circle while finally introducing some hip-hop rhythms. The vocals are more underground and aren't as aggressive as the first few songs on the album. 

"Take It All Back 2.0" is another song that has a strong buildup and continues to build as the vocals and instrumental lineup progress. It is very similar to their earlier release "Take it All Back." 

"Graffiti Dreams" brings the album to another dimension, the song infuses harder guitar sequences with a futuristic sound, as the lyrics and instrumentals are more dramatized and the way in which they are infused together is impactful and different. 

"Forever, Always" brings me to a space where I am reminded of two young lovers spending time with one another and figuring out their emotional capacities together. The lyrics are simple and the instruments combine well with them. 

"Folk-Hop Sound" further explores the hip-hop and country combination which the album has been getting the listener acquainted with. The muffled singing in the song introduces the different methods that messages can be transcended via lyrics, a technique that alludes to a more poppy genre. 

"All I Want Is You" brings the listener back to the hay fields and barns by starting off with the banjo again. The overarching theme in the album of finding love and the perfect person to keep both emotionally and physically close is visited again as the lyrics describe only wanting a specific person. 

"Uh-Huh, Yeah!" brings a united feel to the end of the album. The lyrics express empathy to those who feel like outcasts and who do not necessarily know what they want to do with their time but are encouraged to keep seeking. 

"Take It All Back - String Quartet Op. 9 in C Major" slows down the iconic song and brings forth memories of sitting around a fire and cracking jokes about the things that are unknown and the places that have yet to be explored, a celebratory way to conclude the extended album.