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Small Town Heroes

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

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  • Original 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,700 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Mar 2014
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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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3 of 4 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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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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Excellent album I love every song,
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Whitehouse on 1 May 2014
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Bought after reading excellent reviews in local and the national press.Terrific voice. Great arrangements. Something different. Delighted with this discovery.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TGriff on 28 May 2014
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A variety of good songs excellent singing and musicianship An all round feelgood experience Watch them on Jools on U tube
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. Hannington on 5 Jun 2014
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Great song-writing. I think the "body electric" is one of the best songs I have hear for years, and the rest are not far behind. HRFTRR is rapidly becoming one of my favourite bands.
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