Small Town Heroes

  • Record Label: ATO
  • Release Date: Feb 11, 2014
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Mar 31, 2014
    100
    Small Town Heroes may mourn victims of violence but it is emphatically a record stuffed with good times.
  2. Uncut
    Apr 2, 2014
    90
    Small Town Heroes is the band's fifth and best album. [May 2014, p.68]
  3. Mar 12, 2014
    89
    At times on Small Town Heroes, Segarra echoes them [Karen Dalton, Lucinda Williams, or Gillian Welch] precisely, taking what they do best and making it her own. That's a rung many have reached for but most have never grasped.
  4. 83
    While much of contemporary folk lacks the political bite of Woody Guthrie or Pete Seeger, Segarra, who identifies as queer and listened to Bikini Kill growing up, brings a progressive and empathetic mindset.
  5. Q Magazine
    May 20, 2014
    80
    The country-folk roots are earthly present, but old-time tropes are given contemporary settings. [Jun 2014, p.112]
  6. Apr 17, 2014
    80
    While this is Hurray For The Riff Raff’s strongest record to date, it’s doubtful this is a peak. Keep Segarra on your radar.
  7. Feb 14, 2014
    80
    These 12 tracks encompass a broad swath of a timeless America, like old Carter Family tunes existing in the peaks and troughs of AM radio waves rolling endlessly over the miles.
  8. Feb 14, 2014
    80
    Its singer has found a home and sense of being for her voice--a voice capable and deserving of a population larger than the album’s title.
  9. Feb 18, 2014
    78
    With Small Town Heroes, Segarra proves herself one of the most compelling stylists in a folk revival full of suspicious acts either too beholden to tradition or too uncritical to make much of it.
  10. Mar 26, 2014
    70
    Small Town Heroes holds enough versatility and charm to captivate even the most jaded soul; songs that will wend their way into your consciousness and stay with you long after the album is done.
  11. Feb 18, 2014
    70
    The album adds up to a scrapbook of wandering and loss, drawing what consolations it can from music.
  12. Feb 14, 2014
    70
    Her folk-roots music feels both ancient and modern.
  13. Feb 14, 2014
    70
    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.
  14. Mojo
    Apr 23, 2014
    60
    The band's bluegrass, country-folk and doo wop-informed debut packs a front porch charm. [May 2014, p.89]
  15. Mar 27, 2014
    60
    You might call it a postmodern take on 20th-century American music, but it's so warm and welcoming that it never feels like an exercise in technique or a mere demonstration of knowledge.

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