Hurray For The Riff Raff - Life On Earth
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2022 Ratings: #35 / 341
User Score
Based on 253 ratings
2022 Ratings: #243
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
God Is in the TV

Musically Life On Earth is diverse and adventurous, continuing the evolution away from old-world Americana to draw in a multitude of styles, genres and influences. The electronic-pop of ‘nightqueen’ sits perfectly alongside the funeral jazz piano piece of the title track.

90
The Line of Best Fit
In tunes like these, Segarra’s voice remains one of the central appeals of their music.
90
AllMusic
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.
84
Beats Per Minute

On Life On Earth, they let the listener fully emerge in the wonder of the journey itself, dipping into more exotic textures.

83
Paste
The New Orleans folk artist gives audiences hope and survival tools on their latest album.
83
Pitchfork
Alynda Segarra’s powerful eighth album exudes a glorious irreverence. Their self-described “nature punk” songs are both intimate and immense, and they’ve never sounded more honest or self-possessed.
83
A.V. Club
The first album from the folk-punk outfit in 5 years has plenty of gems, but loses some consistency amid the paeans to nature and nomads.
81
Spectrum Culture
Segarra’s latest collection of songs continues to largely eschew the didactically political for something more mythic and simultaneously personal, but the big change here is how their musical style has largely left folk music behind.
80
Uncut

Life... sounds loose, free, even celebratory - although its weight grows heavier with each spin.

80
Mojo

Life On Earth is a delicate, tender record full of gentle empathy, of lines that ring with the trut of shared experience.

80
PopMatters

Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new songs explore different survival strategies one can take to endure and thrive during our short Life on Earth.

80
Slant Magazine

With Life on Earth, Hurray for the Riff Raff has achieved something truly enviable: a fresh start.

80
Dork
The Riff Raff’s songwriting is a product of her formative years skipping from town to town, and the influences paint a tapestry of the American songbook.
80
Evening Standard
The self-described “nature punk” is sounding readier than ever for crossover success.
80
The Irish Times
Cook’s deft production wisely showcases her voice, and she responds with a performance laced with sensitivity and conviction.
80
The Observer
The New York rocker is back in New Orleans on a compelling album that engages deeply with a world in turmoil.
80
musicOMH

In swapping fiddles, banjo and slide guitar for synths, piano and dynamic guitars, Life On Earth invokes a true sense of step change, capturing Segarra moving into the spotlight with purpose and confirming herself to be an artist ready to embrace newfound opportunities.

80
Rolling Stone
With this vital, empathetic album, Hurray for the Riff Raff offer a reminder that we can still plot a course out of the darkness and write a different story.
80
Record Collector

Even if Life doesn't uncover the secrets to survival, Segarra's tender-tough songcraft makes a captivatingly meditative case for endurance.

daltdisney
65

The first half of “Life On Earth” has a lot to offer, but the second half teeters off course a bit. I think the latter half is just as good thematically, but sonically, the Riff Raff could have done better. I’m really disappointed, but this is still a good record overall. It doesn’t have any highlights near as strong as, say, “Palanté” off their last LP, but it’s probably a better album front-to-back. I might revisit this down the line.

Danielbrtp
73

LIFE ON EARTH envisions freedom while bouncing through different genres and abstract ideals. On their eighth studio album, indie band Hurray For The Riff Raff is always ready to experiment, and this record is not different. On the way to rock - reminiscent of Snail Mail's style - agitated and with a more electric guitar than the conventional, the group still didn't lose their essence of Indie Folk that can be felt in the middle of the LP. Hummed by mystique vocals, it's possible to trace ... read more

thesauceseattle
81

My greatest takeaway from my first listen is the VERSATILITY. Wow! There is Waxahatchee-esque earthiness, 80s saxaphones, Hayley Williams-shouts, quiet tracks, and even some spoken-word cuts. And all of it sounds good.

Our journey begins with the entrancing, grounding mantra/chanting of the opener "WOLVES". Well, really our journey begins with this badass cover art - I love that key outfit. Hurray for the Riff Raff channels contemporaries like Dehd and Tenci as well as ... read more

JJXiu
45

don't get the hype, sorry

favorite songs: jupiter's dance and pierced arrows

WildChameleon
70

Some really great songs, some that are very disappointing.

mkelmusic
60

A fine album, and one that leaves little to revisit.

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Track List

1WOLVES
3:36
73
2PIERCED ARROWS
4:02
77
3POINTED AT THE SUN
3:32
73
4RHODODENDRON
3:34
71
5JUPITER'S DANCE
2:35
71
6LIFE ON EARTH
5:46
71
7nightqueen
3:38
71
8PRECIOUS CARGO
4:42
64
9ROSEMARY TEARS
3:16
68
10SAGA
4:35
73
11KiN
0:50
59
Total Length: 40 minutes
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Added on: October 28, 2021