Judah & The Lion's Pep Talks is an ambitious album from a band that cares. It's an intensely personal record about the life of Judah Akers. Whether it's with his relationships or his parents' relationship, Pep Talks talks about it honestly. It's a crazy record that really pulls back the curtain and lets' the audience into Akers' life. Reflecting, that to the listener, it talks about the events that happen in our lives and what they do to our mental state.
Lyrically, this record is as authentic as it gets. I'm not sure that I can give a record a more glowing review on a lyrical review than this one. It's smart, it's sincere, and it's personal on every single song. Sonically, this record is nearly as good as it is on the lyrical level. Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, banjo - every string on this album has it's own personality. There are a few people who have a distinct way of playing that's in another realm of anybody else and all three of these guys have that. Akers on guitar, Brian Macdonald on mandolin, and Nate Zuercher on banjo.
Even the bonus songs on this record are good "sportz" is the most ridiculous mainstream song that I've heard not by Weezer and "17" nearly matches it.
Judah & The Lion care. They care about what they're doing and what people think when they're listening to what they create. You'd like to think that every band thinks that's way, but that's not really the case. With Pep Talks and Judah & The Lion we've been spoiled by a band going out to make a career defining album and then going out and doing it.