The Brave And The Bold - Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy
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  • Summary: The first collaboration between singer-songwriter Will Oldham and Chicago instrumental post-rockers Tortoise features 10 covers, including takes on songs by Elton John and Bruce Springsteen.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. At times they near the hybrid jazz of The Mars Volta or even the plentiful jam bands that can be found on the boulevards of certain Eastern European shores, but Tortoise's effortless ingenuity and Prince Billy's sensuous and aged voice raise it to a much higher plane.
  2. The Brave and the Bold is a melding of the minds, a comic-book collision of musical forces whose mutant powers turn mere simulation into disturbing mimetic magic.
  3. 80
    More than a curiosity. [Jan 2006, p.131]
  4. Sometimes mesmerizing, often depressing. [23 Feb 2006, p.68]
  5. Hit and miss, then, but certainly brave and bold.
  6. In short: We all really wish this was better-- less tiring, less dour, less sluggish-- than it actually is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6