Saturday ACL Fest 2019 Record Reviews

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Pep Talks (Cletus the Van)

Saturday ACL Fest 2019 Record Reviews

"This whole album might be a quarterlife crisis," bursts Judah Akers at the outset of Judah & the Lions' third LP. The Nashville trio blasts toward anthemic folk-pop, but as with 2016's Folk Hop N' Roll, they combine the worst elements from various genres. Pep Talks is all catharsis, with a barrage of racing lyrics or shouted repetitive lines that can't obscure a lyrical shallowness even in slower moments like "Pictures" with Kacey Musgraves. The 18-track album's back half skitters even further afield on skuzzy beats from "Don't Mess With My Mama" and the watered pop of "Goofballerz" and "Joyboy." (Saturday, 5pm, T-Mobile stage)


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