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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 10 maart 2017 | ATO Records

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On her previous five albums as Hurray for the Riff Raff, singer/songwriter Alynda Segarra subscribed to an audacious, far-reaching definition of Americana, but she's never been as ambitious as she is on 2017's The Navigator. A pseudo-autobiographical concept album partially inspired by Segarra's first listen to David Bowie's The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust, The Navigator follows the journey of Navita, a Puerta Rican folk-punk who discovers her identity and sharpens her politics as she journeys through the boroughs of New York City. Although Segarra's story is relatively easy to parse, the pleasure in The Navigator lies not in the narrative but rather its ideas. While the album may open with "Living in the City," a song that makes a conscious nod to her early influence Bob Dylan, Segarra expands her musical palette considerably, finding space for spectral strings, gospel choirs, barrelhouse piano, and percolating funk. All of these flourishes give The Navigator a lush, enveloping atmosphere, but they're not merely flair: They're an indication of how Segarra pulls from several different American traditions to create a vibrant, modern Americana. Certainly, this album feels richer than previous Hurray for the Riff Raff records, which all benefitted from the stripped-down aesthetic that often signifies authenticity in Americana, but this broadening of Segarra's scope hardly constitutes pandering. The Navigator is nothing if it isn't a bold risk, a record that attempts to carve out a new kind of Americana, one where the past informs the present instead of the present preserving the past -- and one where the political is personal, too. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 7 april 2014 | ATO (UK)

On the title cut of Small Town Heroes, Alynda Lee Segarra, the mastermind (and sometimes sole member) behind ramshackle New Orleans-based folk ensemble Hurray for the Riff Raff, wrestles with the fallout of a relationship gone sour over a single finger-picked guitar paired with the slow, distant freight train hum of a Hammond B-3, and reaches a simple, well-weathered conclusion; "I tempted fate, and I acted smart/I grew some callous on my heart". Segarra's take on the Big Easy, and dusty, boxcar Americana in general, is hardly groundbreaking, but her sonorous and soulful voice, and her ability to weave a real sense of place and emotional authenticity into well-worn folk motifs make for a compelling listen, especially when she peppers the familiar with a pinch or two of subversion. Both "Crash on the Highway" and "The Body Electric" are built upon a foundation of tumbleweed-strewn, dust bowl fatalism, but the former turns tragedy into amusing tour diary fodder ("We can't make it to our gig on time"), and the latter offers a up a smart, feminist take on the traditional murder ballad ("Like an old sad song, you heard it all before/Deliah's gone but I'm settling the score"). Throughout it all Segarra struts her stuff without the slightest bit of arrogance (most of the arrangements are spare, but never willfully so), offering up a confident, yet ultimately amiable set of millennial-informed, urban crafted, Woody Guthrie-inspired, contemporary hobo-folk anthems that play fast and loose with genre tropes without losing the essence that makes them universal. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Rock - Verschenen op 21 maart 2011 | Loose Music

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Rock - Verschenen op 27 augustus 2012 | Loose Music

4 stars out of 5 -- "[M]ost adventurous of all is the Beatles-inspired country-psych of 'Ode To John And Yoko,' a track confirming Segarra's classicism and romanticism..." © TiVo
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Folk - Verschenen op 27 augustus 2012 | Loose Music

4 stars out of 5 -- "[M]ost adventurous of all is the Beatles-inspired country-psych of 'Ode To John And Yoko,' a track confirming Segarra's classicism and romanticism..." © TiVo
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 6 december 2016 | ATO Records

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 17 januari 2017 | ATO Records

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 20 februari 2017 | ATO Records

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 17 februari 2014 | ATO (UK)

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Pop/Rock - Verschenen op 27 februari 2011 | Loose Music