I am fascinated by the mix of opinions posted for this recording.
For me, itís always been one of my favorites.
Perhaps itís a matter of what you are looking for.
If you prefer to hear Ry Cooder the slide guitar virtuoso, then this album may not do it for you because it doesnít really come forth with that kind of performance.
On the other hand, another one of Mr. Cooderís talents is to come up with unique interpretations of other writerís pop tunes, both famous and obscure ones.
If you enjoy that type of thing, Borderline is just that kind of record. The first seven songs all deliver, at least to my ears.
Not only is it a great band, but the arrangements all have great energy and more than your usual share of humor laced in there too.
I agree with one other reviewer: itís pretty fun at loud volumes on a car stereo!