11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1994 Brooks & Dunn continued to hold tight to their honky tonk roots, but Borderline displays their most diverse range of material to date. The duo’s revival of B.W. Stevenson’s 1976 hit “My Maria” is an irresistible piece of pure pop, and showed the group’s shrewdness when it comes to choosing material. While the Brooks-led songs “Why Would I Say Goodbye” and “My Love Will Follow You” bear the influence of folksingers like Jackson Browne and Jesse Winchester, Dunn provides husky vocals for slow-burning love songs like “I Am That Man.” As they became more popular, Brooks & Dunn had an easier time occupying opposite ends of the musical spectrum. “Tequila Town” and “More Than A Margarita” bring to mind the breezy beach music of Jimmy Buffet, while “Mama Don’t Get Dressed Up For Nothing” is salty bar band blues in the style of Z.Z. Top. There is a welcoming familiarity inherent in every Brooks & Dunn album, but a diverse set of influences saves them from monotony.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1994 Brooks & Dunn continued to hold tight to their honky tonk roots, but Borderline displays their most diverse range of material to date. The duo’s revival of B.W. Stevenson’s 1976 hit “My Maria” is an irresistible piece of pure pop, and showed the group’s shrewdness when it comes to choosing material. While the Brooks-led songs “Why Would I Say Goodbye” and “My Love Will Follow You” bear the influence of folksingers like Jackson Browne and Jesse Winchester, Dunn provides husky vocals for slow-burning love songs like “I Am That Man.” As they became more popular, Brooks & Dunn had an easier time occupying opposite ends of the musical spectrum. “Tequila Town” and “More Than A Margarita” bring to mind the breezy beach music of Jimmy Buffet, while “Mama Don’t Get Dressed Up For Nothing” is salty bar band blues in the style of Z.Z. Top. There is a welcoming familiarity inherent in every Brooks & Dunn album, but a diverse set of influences saves them from monotony.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Dnalym ,

Great Album

This is a great Brooks and Dunn album and is good for every fan of their music to own, it's definately worth the money.

GodBlessThe80s ,

The duo at the peak of their 90s power

If you're like me, there are really two versions of Brooks & Dunn - the 90s B&D and the 00s B&D. One isn't necessarily better than the other, but for those of you prefer the 90s B&D, this album is for you. A solid example of the guys at the peak of their 90s power. The first 5 songs were all singles and the rest of the album perfectly showcases the tex-mex/country sound that producer Don Cook helped usher in.

globesessions99 ,

These guys could do no wrong

Anything they sang in the 90s turned to pure gold and this CD no exception. Hit after hit, and rightfully so. I only owned this, 'If You See Her' & their 2 greatest hits so I can't really say what their best album is but I can tell you hearing this music again, has been well worth the wait. Great stuff.

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