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  • Summary: The latest full-length release from Alynda Segarra's project Hurray for the Riff Raff features contributions by Anjimile, Brad Cook, Phil Cook, Meg Duffy, S.G. Goodman, Mike Mogis, and Conor Oberst.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
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  1. Feb 21, 2024
    Hurray for the Riff Raff not only expands the umbrella of “Americana”; it challenges the very structures on which we hang it, and the legacies of pain that accompany them.
  2. Feb 20, 2024
    The music is deceptively complex in its simplicity. The individual tracks always carry us to places we didn’t know we were heading.
  3. 90
    The Past Is Still Alive is a remarkable album, one which achieves the impossible trick of capturing the mood of a nation and a vivid portrait of a single fascinating person – all within one gorgeous stew.
  4. Uncut
    Feb 20, 2024
    They make a welcome return to the looser, roots sound of earlier albums. [Feb 2024, p.28]
  5. Feb 20, 2024
    Clearly, this is the crowning jewel of Hurray for the Riff Raff’s catalog, and surely their most honest, cathartic songwriting.
  6. Feb 22, 2024
    Nestled amongst some of her most nuanced and carefully placed moments of Americana and joined by a host of backing singers and musicians from Connor Oberst to Hand Habits‘ Meg Duffy, Segarra manages to take solace in the fact that while we are victims of our formative years, there is always scope to heal.
  7. Feb 21, 2024
    It doesn’t just sound like wild west Americana — it feels that way, drawn from a life’s worth of experience and adoration of the genre. It’s the album that Segarra’s been building toward since they first picked up a guitar.

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