Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles: The Stars are Out

I’m a little late to the party with this one considering The Gobbler’s Knob posted an excellent review of the album earlier this week. However, I felt I owed it to Sarah to post my thoughts on this album after the less-than-favorable review I gave to the first track I heard a few weeks ago.

Maybe this is just something that I do, but have you ever gone into listening to an album with a preconceived notion of what it’s going to sound like? Either you expect it to be something so phenomenal that it can’t possibly live up to your expectations, or you expect to be disappointed and create a self-fulfilling prophecy. Either way, there’s no way you can enjoy an album when you approach things this way.

Unfortunately, that’s the way I first approached Sarah’s new album, The Stars Are Out. I had heard the song “No One Will Ever Love You,” and found it to be a little too shiny for my tastes. When I was sent the full album for review, I let my preconceptions from that one song color my view of the whole record.

When I heard the first song, “Do it For Free” (watch the video over at The Gobbler’s Knob), I didn’t hear the obvious Joan Jett influence. I only heard something different. The same thing happened with Smokey Robinson’s “Being with You.” I couldn’t enjoy the R&B flavors that make the song great because I was expecting to hear something else.

I put the album on the shelf for a few weeks with the intention of coming back to it fresh at a later date. I’m glad I did.

With the expectations stripped away, I was able to hear the album the way I should have the first time. Yes… there may be some polish in places, but this is still a very raw album in others. It just seems that some of the country elements have been replaced by all out rock and roll. “I’ll Show You How” has a barroom swagger and fire that will burn your honky-tonk juke joint to the ground. “It Comes to Me Naturally” hearkens back to the earliest days of rock. That’s not hard to believe considering the song was originally recorded by NRBQ.

Bottom line. I enjoy this album quite a bit, and have been unable to stop listening to it for the better part of this week. It is a raw but refined record and is a fine addition to Sarah’s already quality catalogue. She’s always had a bit of a Rock and Roll soul hiding under her honky-tonk heart. Here, she lets it all out.

The Stars are Out by Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles is out March 24th from Sugar Hill Records.

Sarah Borges: Being with You (Buy Album)
Sarah Borges: I’ll Show You How (Buy Album)

2 Responses to “Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles: The Stars are Out”

  1. Thanks for the shout out. In my write-up, I do wish i wouldve placed more of an emphasis on her selection and interpretation of the cover songs. Good angle, for sure.

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