by Dan Ferguson
Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles
The Stars Are Out
Sugar Hill Records
While there were glimpses of it on her last release (Diamonds In the Dark, 2006), with the new The Stars Are Out, Bay State gal rocker Sarah Borges pushes aside the alt country and roots rock stylings opting for a persona often more aligned with the Chrissie Hynde school of rock. If you've ever caught a live show, you know Borges and her Broken Singles can turn on the burners. Sure there's a few missteps on The Stars Are Out (the hard rocking first track leaves these ears cold), but cuts like the Latin-tinged rocker "Me and Your Ghost" and a cover of Magnetic Fields' "No One Will Ever Love You" are amongst the best Borges has put on record. As for her own songwriting, the couplet closing the disc ("Better At the End of the Day" and "Symphony") command attention. Visit www.sarahborges.com.
(Dan Ferguson is a free-lance music writer and host of The Boudin Barndance, broadcast Thursday nights from 6 - 9 pm on WRIU-FM 90.3. He lives in Peace Dale and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)