Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2017 Ratings: #91 / 876
Year End Rank: #43
User Score
Based on 154 ratings
2017 Ratings: #114
March 10, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
ATO / Label
Americana, Folk Rock / Genres
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God Is in the TV

Every track on The Navigator is 24 carat gold. This isn’t just one the finest albums of 2017, it may even be the greatest release of the entire decade. Simply phenomenal.


The band's sixth LP demands more seats at the table. It's a powerful folk concept album from a Nuyorican runaway who grew up obsessed with West Side Story before being liberated by Bikini Kill.

The Guardian
There’s a lot to take in, but it’s worth the effort.
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.

Slant Magazine

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

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.

Segarra literally serves as The Navigator on this 12 track journey into the past where memory, poetry, myth, and reality mix to create a rich, spicy and hearty guisada.

The Independent
Augmenting her folksy troubadour style with Latin percussion and an acappella group for that streetcorner-symphony flavour, she effectively expands the notion of Americana to accommodate another cultural strain alongside the usual blues and country influences.

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.


It’s not until she stares clear-eyed at those closest to her that the way is clear: she’s to honour her Latin and Caribbean roots in story and sound.

Loud and Quiet

A concept album about identity and cultural theft, ‘The Navigator’ marks a major sea-change for Hurray For The Riff Raff.


Drawing upon everything from the 1930s dust bowl balladry of Woody Guthrie to the seamless soul of the Motown and Stax labels as well as Louisiana jazz and blues, Alynda’s own Puerto Rican heritage, the folksy 1960s stylings of The Band and Springsteen-worthy heartland rock gutsiness, it’s a heady sonic gumbo.


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.


The Navigator espouses the notion that protest music can modernize and be both inclusive and respectful of history. It is both a pleasure to listen to and a rallying cry to rise up.

Under The Radar

Her talent and prowess as a musician and artist remain proven, nay, reinforced, by the alternative direction she takes in The Navigator, and, while different from precedent, there is much to love in it for Hurray for the Riff Raff fans, both new and old.

Pa'lante is amazing.

"To all who had to hide, I say, ¡Pa’lante!
To all who lost their pride, I say, ¡Pa’lante!
To all who had to survive, I say, ¡Pa’lante!
To my brothers, and my sisters, I say, ¡Pa’lante!
To all came before, we say, ¡Pa’lante! "

Favs: Living In the City, Hungry Ghost, Life to Save, Nothing's Gonna Change That Girl, The Navigator, Rican Beach, Settle and ... read more
Este álbum é glorioso!
Entrance - intro not rated
Living In the City - 10/10
Hungry Ghost - 10/10
Life to Save - 10/10
Nothing's Gonna Change That Girl - 7/10
The Navigator - 8/10
Halfway There - 9/10
Rican Beach - 9/10
Fourteen Floors - 9/10
Settle - 7/10
Pa'lante - 10/10
Finale - outro not rated

Overall Rating: 89 out of 100 = 89%
Discaaaço, não consigo parar de ouvir. Começando pelas letras: Alynda Segarra explora distintos aspectos de sua experiências nos EUA, como uma descendente de imigrantes porto-riquenhos. Nisto, ela fala com muita sinceridade e vulnerabilidade: refletindo, lamentando, expressando desejo, sempre com muita transparencia e de forma bem tocante. Esta proposta vem a tona perfeitamente na sonoridade: viva, vibrante, melódica, doce. Bem além do country e ... read more
Vastly superior songwriting to their last mediocre effort, and the sonic bouquet of it all is much more listenable compared to said previous LP's hokey, repetitive twang.
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Track List

  1. Entrance
  2. Living In the City
  3. Hungry Ghost
  4. Life to Save
  5. Nothing's Gonna Change That Girl
  6. The Navigator
  7. Halfway There
  8. Rican Beach
  9. Fourteen Floors
  10. Settle
  11. Pa'lante
  12. Finale
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Added on: December 5, 2016