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LIFE ON EARTH (deluxe edition)

Hurray For The Riff Raff

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Life on Earth perhaps could be seen as a nod to how The Navigator, the 2017 album from Alynda Segarra, aka Hurray for the Riff Raff, owed a slight debt to David Bowie, the patron saint of interstellar rock & roll. Segarra used Ziggy Stardust to navigate their way back to their Puerto Rican heritage in the Bronx. Reconnected to their roots, Segarra feels free to leave them behind on Life on Earth, a restless record that swaps the sinewy rock & folk of their previous albums for an atmospheric yet urgent modern rock. Working with producer Brad Cook, who previously has helmed albums by Bon Iver and Waxahatchee, Segarra moves firmly into the uncertain present, addressing the turmoil of the 2020s with the tools and signifiers of its era: retro analog keyboards, urgent melodies, spacious sparkling vistas alternating with stripped-down raw guitars, the intimacy of close-mic'ed vocals, and allusions to the past that play like continuations of eternal themes, not mere nostalgia. Segarra transitions easily from "Rhododendron" -- a fast-talking slice of swagger that conjures the ghosts of both Bowie and Lou Reed -- to the open-ended "Jupiter's Dance," a song that hangs suspended in the air. Throughout Life on Earth, Segarra moves between these two extremes, often finding a rich middle ground where studio trickery fleshes out their community-minded "nature punk" -- a term they've coined for this record that makes more sense as an aesthetic than as a strict musical designation. While there are guitars throughout the record and they're sometimes in the forefront, Life on Earth doesn't sound conventionally organic or "punk," yet their phrase is hardly misleading. Segarra's determination to write about the people and perils of 2022 -- "Precious Cargo" ends with a chant against ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- places them firmly within the tradition of the Clash, not to mention Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Woody Guthrie. By melding that tradition with a fashion-forward sound that suits their time, Segarra has wound up with a distinctive album, one that operates equally skillfully on an emotional and intellectual level.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
WOLVES
00:03:36

Emily Lazar, MasteringEngineer - Alli Rogers, AdditionalEngineer - Brad Cook, Producer, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Drum Programmer, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Adam McDaniel, RecordingEngineer - Chris Allgood, MasteringEngineer - Jonathan Low, MixingEngineer - Alex Farrar, AdditionalEngineer - Alynda Segarra, Banjo, Lead Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

2
PIERCED ARROWS Explicit
00:04:02

Emily Lazar, MasteringEngineer - Alli Rogers, AdditionalEngineer - Brad Cook, Producer, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Matt McCaughan, Drums, Drum Programmer - Adam McDaniel, RecordingEngineer - Chris Allgood, MasteringEngineer - Jonathan Low, MixingEngineer - Kellen Harrison, Writer, Additional Synthesizer - Alex Farrar, AdditionalEngineer - Alynda Segarra, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer - Brevan Hampton, Bongo Drums

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

3
POINTED AT THE SUN
00:03:32

Emily Lazar, MasteringEngineer - Alli Rogers, AdditionalEngineer - Brad Cook, Producer, Electric Guitar, Organ, Bass, RecordingEngineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Matt McCaughan, Drums - Adam McDaniel, RecordingEngineer - Chris Allgood, MasteringEngineer - Jonathan Low, MixingEngineer - Alex Farrar, AdditionalEngineer - Alynda Segarra, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

4
RHODODENDRON
00:03:34

Jim James, Writer - Emily Lazar, MasteringEngineer - Alli Rogers, AdditionalEngineer - Brad Cook, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Matt McCaughan, Drums - Adam McDaniel, RecordingEngineer - Phil Cook, Organ - Chris Allgood, MasteringEngineer - Jonathan Low, MixingEngineer - Alex Farrar, AdditionalEngineer - Alynda Segarra, Vocals, Writer

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

5
JUPITER'S DANCE
00:02:35

Emily Lazar, MasteringEngineer - Alli Rogers, AdditionalEngineer - Brad Cook, Producer, Keyboards, Bass, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Adam McDaniel, RecordingEngineer - Phil Cook, Piano - Chris Allgood, MasteringEngineer - Jonathan Low, MixingEngineer - Alex Farrar, AdditionalEngineer - Alynda Segarra, Vocals, Writer, Drum Loops, Thumb Piano - Brevan Hampton, Triangle

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

6
LIFE ON EARTH
00:05:46

Emily Lazar, MasteringEngineer - Alli Rogers, AdditionalEngineer - Brad Cook, Producer, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Background Vocals - Matt McCaughan, Additional Sounds - Adam McDaniel, Additional Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Phil Cook, Organ, Piano - Chris Allgood, MasteringEngineer - Jonathan Low, MixingEngineer - Alex Farrar, AdditionalEngineer - Alynda Segarra, Lead Vocals, Writer - Matt Douglas, Clarinet, Saxophone - Al Strong, Trumpet - Evan Ringel, Trombone

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

7
nightqueen (feat. Ocean Vuong)
00:03:38

Emily Lazar, MasteringEngineer - Alli Rogers, AdditionalEngineer - Brad Cook, Producer, Keyboards, Bass, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Matt McCaughan, Drums - Adam McDaniel, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Phil Cook, Keyboards - Chris Allgood, MasteringEngineer - Jonathan Low, MixingEngineer - Alex Farrar, AdditionalEngineer - Alynda Segarra, Vocals, Writer - Matt Douglas, Saxophone - Ocean Vuong, FeaturedArtist, Spoken Voice Vocals

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

8
PRECIOUS CARGO
00:04:42

Emily Lazar, MasteringEngineer - Alli Rogers, AdditionalEngineer - Brad Cook, Producer, Drum Programmer, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Matt McCaughan, Drums, Additional Drum Programmer - Adam McDaniel, RecordingEngineer - Phil Cook, Piano - Chris Allgood, MasteringEngineer - Jonathan Low, MixingEngineer - Alex Farrar, AdditionalEngineer - Alynda Segarra, Vocals, Writer - Jeremy Iylvasaker, Electric Guitar

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

9
ROSEMARY TEARS
00:03:16

Emily Lazar, MasteringEngineer - Alli Rogers, AdditionalEngineer - Brad Cook, Producer, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Background Vocals - Adam McDaniel, Additional Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Phil Cook, Piano - Chris Allgood, MasteringEngineer - Jonathan Low, MixingEngineer - Alex Farrar, AdditionalEngineer - Alynda Segarra, Lead Vocals, Writer - Matt Douglas, Saxophone - Al Strong, Trumpet - Evan Ringel, Trombone

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

10
SAGA
00:04:35

Emily Lazar, MasteringEngineer - Alli Rogers, AdditionalEngineer - Brad Cook, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer, Baritone Guitar, RecordingEngineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Matt McCaughan, Drums - Adam McDaniel, RecordingEngineer - Phil Cook, Marimba - Chris Allgood, MasteringEngineer - Jonathan Low, MixingEngineer - Alex Farrar, AdditionalEngineer - Alynda Segarra, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Matt Douglas, Saxophone

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

11
KiN
00:00:50

Emily Lazar, MasteringEngineer - Alli Rogers, AdditionalEngineer - Brad Cook, Producer, RecordingEngineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Adam McDaniel, RecordingEngineer - Chris Allgood, MasteringEngineer - Jonathan Low, MixingEngineer - Alex Farrar, AdditionalEngineer - Alynda Segarra, Programmer, Writer, Recorded by

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

12
RESISTANCE ROCKERS
00:03:58

Brad Cook, Bass, Optigon Organ - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Phil Cook, Organ - Alynda Segarra, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

13
LET HER IN THE SKY
00:05:08

Brad Cook, Synthesizer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Background Vocals - Matt McCaughan, Drums - Adam McDaniel, Additional Synthesizer - Phil Cook, Acoustic Guitar - Kellen Harrison, Writer - Alynda Segarra, Additional Drums, Lead Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer, Shaker - Matt Douglas, Saxophone - Al Strong, Trumpet - Evan Ringel, Trombone - Brevan Hampton, Percussion, Congas

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

14
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
00:04:11

Emily Lazar, Masterer - Annie Lennox, Writer - Dave Stewart, Writer - Brad Cook, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Chris Allgood, Masterer - Alynda Segarra, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Organ, Vocals, Bass

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

15
SAGA (acoustic)
00:04:14

Emily Lazar, Masterer - Brad Cook, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Synthesizer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Chris Allgood, Masterer - Alynda Segarra, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Paul Voran, Mixer

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2023 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

16
POINTED AT THE SUN (acoustic)
00:03:38

Brad Cook, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Chris Allgood, Masterer - Alynda Segarra, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

17
PIERCED ARROWS (acoustic) Explicit
00:03:52

Brad Cook, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Acoustic Guitar - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Chris Allgood, Masterer - Kellen Harrison, Writer - Alynda Segarra, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

18
LIFE ON EARTH (with Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
00:06:20

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, FeaturedArtist, With Saxophone, With Bass, With Trombone, With Trumpet - Emily Lazar, Masterer - Brad Cook, Mixer - Hurray For The Riff Raff, MainArtist - Chris Allgood, Masterer - Alynda Segarra, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Daniel Westerlund, Drums - Howe Pearson, Guitar, Background Vocals - Horatio Baltz, Engineer - Matt "Skinner" Peterson, Piano

© 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2022 Hurray for the Riff Raff, LLC, under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.

Album review

Life on Earth perhaps could be seen as a nod to how The Navigator, the 2017 album from Alynda Segarra, aka Hurray for the Riff Raff, owed a slight debt to David Bowie, the patron saint of interstellar rock & roll. Segarra used Ziggy Stardust to navigate their way back to their Puerto Rican heritage in the Bronx. Reconnected to their roots, Segarra feels free to leave them behind on Life on Earth, a restless record that swaps the sinewy rock & folk of their previous albums for an atmospheric yet urgent modern rock. Working with producer Brad Cook, who previously has helmed albums by Bon Iver and Waxahatchee, Segarra moves firmly into the uncertain present, addressing the turmoil of the 2020s with the tools and signifiers of its era: retro analog keyboards, urgent melodies, spacious sparkling vistas alternating with stripped-down raw guitars, the intimacy of close-mic'ed vocals, and allusions to the past that play like continuations of eternal themes, not mere nostalgia. Segarra transitions easily from "Rhododendron" -- a fast-talking slice of swagger that conjures the ghosts of both Bowie and Lou Reed -- to the open-ended "Jupiter's Dance," a song that hangs suspended in the air. Throughout Life on Earth, Segarra moves between these two extremes, often finding a rich middle ground where studio trickery fleshes out their community-minded "nature punk" -- a term they've coined for this record that makes more sense as an aesthetic than as a strict musical designation. While there are guitars throughout the record and they're sometimes in the forefront, Life on Earth doesn't sound conventionally organic or "punk," yet their phrase is hardly misleading. Segarra's determination to write about the people and perils of 2022 -- "Precious Cargo" ends with a chant against ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- places them firmly within the tradition of the Clash, not to mention Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Woody Guthrie. By melding that tradition with a fashion-forward sound that suits their time, Segarra has wound up with a distinctive album, one that operates equally skillfully on an emotional and intellectual level.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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