Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Jeff's Top 10 of 2014 - #4: Hurray for the Riff-Raff - Small Town Heroes

Ken got me interested in Hurray for the Riff-Raff some time ago, and while I anticipated a newer album from Alynda Lee Segarra's musical collective, I didn't realize it would be this good.

The album itself is really a love letter to old-style folk music, to touring, to the cliched time gone by. It benefits from the bigger production budgets that moving to ATO provided, and the result is an album with countless memorable songs. "Crash on the Highway" is earwormy in the best possible way, "I Know It's Wrong (But That's Alright)" a fun romp, "No One Else" one of my favorite songs of the year period. Without a bad song on the album, it's hard to find many flaws and deserves a lot of credit.

You can stream it below. If you haven't fallen in love with this album yet, there's still time.

Song highlights: "I Know It's Wrong (But That's Alright)," "No One Else," "Crash on the Highway."

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