Every once in awhile, there is an artist whose album is so anticipated by everyone in the Twangville Posse that a few of us pile on for a team review. Put Sarah Borges’ “Radio Sweetheart” into that category.
There’s one word to describe Sarah Borges: BADASS. When I was growing up, I always had dreams of being a “rocker chick” with a band. Sarah embodies exactly what I had in mind. She’s got a raspy voice, awesome tattoos, and a hilarious stage persona with great storytelling skills. We at Twangville were lucky enough to have her headline our 2013 showcase in Boston.
Borges’ latest album doesn’t disappoint. Radio Sweetheart is a rollicking, bluesy, and rocking good time. It starts with the super catchy “Girl with a Bow” and stays strong throughout. Other standout songs are “The Waiting and the Worry” and “Hands and Knees” before ending with the knockout “Record on Repeat.” I dare you to listen to that song and not move your head to the beat. DARE YOU!
I’ve been rocking out to this album frequently since last June when I received it through Twangville. Trust me, it’s been worth the wait for the rest of you.
Working with producer Steve Berlin (of Los Lobos fame), Borges runs the genre gauntlet with flair on Radio Sweetheart. She moves effortlessly from the guitar-driven pop of “Girl with a Bow” to the boozy ballad “Think of What You’ve Done.”
And lest anyone think she doesn’t rock, I submit the chugging blues of “Heavy Dreams” and the raucous closer “Record on Repeat.”
Welcome back Sarah, we’ve missed you.
About the author: The Twangville Posse listens to music. Lots and lots of music.