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The Navigator

Hurray For The Riff Raff

The Navigator

Sixth album from the Americana group led by Brooklyn born, New Orleans-based banjo player Alynda Lee Segarra

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  1. 10.0 |   God Is In The TV

    This isn’t just one the finest albums of 2017, it may even be the greatest release of the entire decade. Simply phenomenal
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  2. 10.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Really does leave you with a hope that the world can move onward, forward, to something better
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  3. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s such a New York album but reminds me in spirit of PJ Harvey’s war album Let England Shake: male folly brought home in female voice
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  4. 10.0 |   The Observer

    The songs just flow – slinky, sad or elegant in their own ways
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  5. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Segarra is skilled at identifying the shifting goalposts that immigrants have to live by, and staring past them. Print edition only

  6. 9.0 |   The Music

    A cinematic masterwork in both scope and execution
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  7. 8.9 |   AU Review

    It’s powerful, personal, occasionally wrenching stuff, and it’s beautifully constructed and intricately written as well. The Navigator is the sort of thing people are going to need heading into 2017
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  8. 8.4 |   Earbuddy

    If you previously thought of Hurray for the Riff Raff as just a rootsy rock band, The Navigator takes the project in an interesting new direction
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  9. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    A folk concept album from a Nuyorican runaway who grew up obsessed with West Side Story before being liberated by Bikini Kill
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Needs time but repays handsomely
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    Hurray for the Riff Raff indeed
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  12. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A major sea-change for Hurray For The Riff Raff
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  13. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    A major leap forward for an artist whose previous work now seems like a warm-up for the dizzying heights The Navigator strives for, and often achieves
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  14. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The Navigator evocatively captures the essence of the streets of New York's increasingly gentrified outer boroughs
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  15. 8.0 |   Q

    It's a mighty, empowering antidote to 2017's many spiritual agonies. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Latin Americana and flamethrower polemics
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  17. 8.0 |   The FT

    The Navigator marks a new step, ditching fiddles and banjos for another kind of roots music
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  18. 8.0 |   The Independent

    She effectively expands the notion of Americana to accommodate another cultural strain alongside the usual blues and country influences
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  19. 8.0 |   All Music

    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
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  20. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The question of identity is touched upon throughout the songs here (national, political, gender), but in terms of musical identity, Hurray for the Riff Raff know exactly who they are
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  21. 8.0 |   Mojo

    She charts her course through destruction, indifference and the city sounds: doo wop, Lou Reed-y R&R, even indie rock
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  22. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Hurray for the Riff Raff’s music inspires one to look inward and find strength and to enjoy life in the process
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  23. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    As an album, The Navigator’s musicality—both the melodic nature of its songs and its musical-like structure—highlight Segarra’s raw talent and growth as an artist
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  24. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The Navigator broadens the scope of Hurray for the Riff Raff’s folk to encompass influences from street musical and beyond
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  25. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Both a pleasure to listen to and a rallying cry to rise up
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  26. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    There is much to love in it for Hurray for the Riff Raff fans, both new and old
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