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Hurray For The Riff Raff

Hurray for the Riff Raff
31 Jan 2013 | Format: MP3

£6.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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  • Label: Loose Music
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 Loose Music
  • Total Length: 45:04
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  • ASIN: B00BAFJMQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,620 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
Hurray For The Riff Raff - S/T (Loose)
Loose have a history with Americana that dates back to the excellent Vinyl Junkie compilations, but what they're especially good at is finding bands who don't fit the stereotypes (Blanche, Handsome Family, Felice Brothers, etc.). Hurray For The Riff Raff is certainly an Americana outfit, but that simple statement, whilst true, barely does them justice.

Frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra has a history, too. She ran away from her New York home when she was seventeen, riding the rails across America, finally ending up in New Orleans, and hooking up with The Dead Man Street Orchestra, who found themselves the subjects of a 2007 Time Magazine photo piece.

Then came Hurray For The Riff Raff, who self-released two albums (2008's "It Don't Mean I Don't Love You" and 2010's "Young Blood Blues"), and it's from those two records that this self-titled collection has been compiled. It's stirring stuff. Segarra nails her themes with a voice that is rich and warm, and the music is presented honestly without excess gloss, though there's no shortage of instrumentation, whether it's a mournful cornet on "Too Much Of A Good Thing" or the piano intro of "Meet Me In The Morning".

It feels and sounds like a New Orleans record, there's nothing rushed, and the languid tones, brass and keys perfectly match Segarra's unhurried narratives. I've a feeling I'll be spending some time with this CD. 9/10.
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This collection of early songs by Hurray for the Riff Raff is a distillation of the band's first two albums that they self-released between 2008 and 2010: the debut 'It don't mean I don't love you' and the follow-up 'Young blood blues'. Apparently, singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra selected her 11 favourites off those two albums for this eponymous collection, which in 2011 became their first release on a record label. The raw quality of the recordings is the result of the band's home-made approach during those early days, but this roughness gives a sense of authenticity to the music and reflects their busking origins. The songs here draw on the musical traditions of the American South and the band's base in New Orleans, but their gothic, blues, folk and country styles are filtered through an unconventional, punk sensibility. The result is startling and fresh, as though the music has been taken back to its roots and we are hearing these traditions for the very first time. The simplicity of the playing and the emotions in Segarra's singing give these songs a power and beauty that was a promise of what might follow. With the band's fourth official release, this year's masterpiece 'Small Town Heroes', that promise has now been fulfilled.
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After seeing these on Later with Jools I'e been hooked and the album was not a disappointment. Looking forward to seeing them live!
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By Nigel Mankerty on 8 Jun 2014
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I saw this band on Jools Holland, and have totally got into them. I recommend them to you. They sound totally fresh and traditional at the same time.
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