Folk Hop N’Roll

By: Shannon O’Malley

The Nashville-based band, Judah & the Lion, has released their second full album, appropriately named Folk Hop N’ Roll, accurately describing its content. It offers a strangely appealing mix of elements and genres, creating a collection of unique, uplifting tunes that are probably best categorized as indie rock. The banjo in particular is a heavily used instrument throughout the album which, mixed with the rough folk-like vocals, makes the band somewhat resemble Mumford & Sons. However, the group also uses electronic beats and even a bit of rapping on some occasions.

Take It All Back 2.0 is an ode to someone who’s important in the life of the singer/band and gives off an almost anthem-like vibe that makes you want to belt out the chorus along with them. The end of the album even offers another version of this song that includes a string quartet, giving the song a flowing and calmer atmosphere. Reputation is one of the songs that represents the Hop N’ Roll portion of the album title by using heavier beats with the singer showing off his more rugged side through both singing and rapping. The collection of elements that the band has put into this album makes it worthy to check out for fans of various genres. This includes whether you’re a fan of songs that are happy and fun, hard-hitting, or soothing.