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Small Town Heroes

Hurray for the Riff Raff
31 Mar. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 31 Mar. 2014
  • Release Date: 31 Mar. 2014
  • Label: ATO Records
  • Copyright: 2014 ATO Records, under exclusive license to [PIAS] Cooperative
  • Total Length: 44:03
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  • ASIN: B00J9Y27CC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,563 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Mar. 2014
Format: Vinyl
On the surface this all seems rather unlikely. At the heart of Hurray for the Riff Raff is the figure of Alynda Lee Segarra a Bronx born Puerto Rican and veteran of the New York punk scene. When this music did not answer her calling she cut loose at the age of 17 to travel the US as an itinerant street musician and included some train hopping to boot. It appears that on this journey an epiphany occurred and into her veins was transplanted the blood of Guthrie, Seeger and the Stanley Brothers. “Small Town Heroes” is a roots album par excellence and if you like Lucinda Williams, Kathleen Edwards and particularly Gillian Welch you are in for a treat

For this fifth album Segarra and her fiddle player Yosi Perlstein have decamped to New Orleans and pulled in a cast of local musicians. It gives the album a nice Cajun Twist exhibited on the sprightly traditional sounding opener “Blue Ridge Mountain”. The slow blues of “Crash on the highway” sounds timeless but Segarra musical preoccupations go beyond the back porch. These are songs here that abhor violence, touch on feminism and seek to up date old country themes for the age of the Internet

The funky “No one Else” has a old rock n roll feel in terms of its shuffling rhythms and sassy vocal from Segarra. Even better is “St Roch Blues” where she is accompanied by a highly strung electric guitar for the first part of the song in a sort of twisted acappella as she warns you not to go down to New Orleans “as bullets are flying”. The short but brilliant “Body electric” is a old style murder ballad, which Nick Cave would be proud of; whilst the poignant “Levon’s Dream” is a little gem especially when she intones the opening lines “If Levon would play in the night dear/ Would you come back to my heart”.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. T. Daniels on 26 Sept. 2014
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Small Town Heroes is the newest album from American band Hurray for the Riff Raff. It’s a labour of love, and a labour of love lost. It’s also a mixture of plunging reels and riffs, quiet sadness and the problematical deaths and little deaths that accompany us through life; things we must jettison in order to keep going.

The parts of Small Town Heroes that are least compelling are the parts that come least directly from Alynda Lee Segarra; Riff Raff’s singer and songwriter. The first half of the album’s given to more thematically bluegrass material; outlaws, firearms, drinking, playing guitar and John Henry’s hands, all washed over with riding and galloping banjo’s and strings. By far the most haunting songs on the album are the love songs – a more accurate description would be to call them longing songs. This is particularly the case with “St. Roch Blues” and “Levon’s Dream”, in which Segarra makes an ironic case for sorrow being the subject she’s most suited to.

On first listen, what’s most striking is how subtle the songs are. Paradoxically, Segarra barely insists on pain being known, as much as anyone who produces an album about pain can. Actually this makes the material more affecting is how casually happy the first half of Small Town Heroes is, because you realise how broken Seggara must be to sound like this. “St. Roch Blues” is like watching a friend drunkenly try to smile whilst crying. There’s a savage cruelty to see justice in the heartbreak of a person who’s looked at the world and found its purpose in fun. The triumph of Riff Raff is that by not insisting on your sympathy, they encourage you to be a little bit more forgiving of failure.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger J. Pettitt on 26 April 2014
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Third album I have bought by Hurray for the Riff Raff. The other two were excellent but this ones just goes up another notch. Think Gillian Welch without the David Rawlings guitar.
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Body Electric is a classic and if its your only reason for buying the album, its a good one. This band should be more famous. After the first time i heard it I found myself listening to Dylan's, 'Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues,' later on that day. I'm not trying to say there is a connection or make a comparison, but speaking personally it switched on the same part of my brain.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Venyhamin on 5 April 2014
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Uncut has led me to another great modern day Americana album, along with Simone Felice's latest album (I am hoping The Delines album also matches up to the one track I've heard so far). Small Town Heroes features some sublime playing, instrumentation (especially on fiddle and harmonica) and harmony singing. There's a great twist on the murder ballad genre with the lyrics exploring how women are usually the victims in these songs. This surely has to be a contender for quite a few music prizes come the end of the year.
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By Patricia Harrison on 11 Jan. 2015
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Bought for my husband who thinks it is superb.
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By Avid Reader on 31 Dec. 2014
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Brilliant album. Deserves its rave reviews
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Excellent album I love every song,
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