navigatorIf you have not had a chance, do your ears a solid and check out Small Time Heroes, a couple of years back record from Alynda Segarra and her New Orleans based collective known as Hurray For The Riff Raff. Pay particular ear-tention to the tunes “The Body Electric,” and “Levon’s Dream.”

Now, with the pump primed and expectations appropriately set high, fast forward to 2017 and her latest effort, The Navigator. Part auto biographical concept album, part get things off her chest/subtly political treatise, this one might be in contention for album of the year.

With a delivery that floats and soars somewhere between Jenny Lewis and Patti Smith, Segarra shares he hardscrabble life on the road story from the perspective of a 17 year year old runaway with a story to tell on the powerful “Living in the City,” as the daughter of proud Puerto Rican parents on “Rican Beach,” and  delves into protest song territory with Pa’lante, a song that ebraces pride of heritage and expresses the notion that if you want to move forward, you have to know where you came from.  This is a powerful record for powerful times.