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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.