A couple of days ago I was perusing iTunes for new music when I stumbled across “Kids These Days,” the newest album from Judah & the Lion.
After listening to a few samples I was hooked and had to listen to the full album.
Judah & the Lion is a three-piece, Americana-folk band with a hint of bluegrass from Nashville, Tennessee. Although the standard for folk music was set by Mumford and Sons, Judah & the Lion, with their bright, nimble riffs, smooth vocals and catchy lyrics, provide a light-hearted take on folk.
“Kickin’ da Leaves” and “Rich Kids” were the two songs that compelled me to get the album. They are the best songs on the album and, honestly, some of the happiest folk music I have ever heard.
“Kickin Da Leaves” is the perfect song to grab the attention of any listener. The lyrical pattern is a little different, but noticeable from the rest of the songs on the album and fits perfectly with all the joyful banjo and mandolin riffs thrown around.
“Rich Kids” is the song you lay down with your eyes closed to simply enjoy what is being fed to your ears. Judah & the Lion have crafted a great song with the intro’s calm start building to the explosion of folky goodness.
Other noteworthy tracks are “Love in Me” and “Hold On.” Just the intro to the song “Love in Me” was enough to make my head nod with its banjo riffs and beat track-esque drums.
The album as a whole is great, but the upbeat energy started from “Kickin’ da Leaves” doesn’t continue until you hear the album’s fifth track “Scared,” which has powerful drums and clever mandolin riffs.
Those who want a fresh take on the traditional folk sound should give “Kids These Days” a spin.