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
  1. EstanislaoB
    Apr 11, 2006
    Es un album excelente, en el que se ve la perfecta unión entre dos grupos, que se multiplican hasta el infinito. Y además la seleccion de canciones es muy buena. Well done Expand
  2. JamieS
    Jan 27, 2006
    ignore chris m, he's probably a springsteen fan with a grudge. it's a fine album, some very good interpretations, the springsteen cover is amongst the best covers i've ever heard. the richard thompson and elton john covers are also fantastic. recommended. Expand
  3. LeonardoF
    Feb 8, 2006
    i would give this 7.5. there are some pretty good covers (daniel, love is love, cravo e canela, thunder road) but there are also some lousy songs too. Expand
  4. FValeron
    Apr 27, 2006
    Do not ignore Chris M. my friends. I'm a huge Oldham fan, but this record is nonsense. 'Tis a shame...
  5. madsl
    Jan 30, 2006
    the worst thing either of the involved has ever put their name to! I dont like anything about this collaboration. Whats the point of an album like this, anyway? Well, if you are Emmylou Harris you can churn out a masterpiece like Wrecking ball, but covers albums in general are surely risky business! And this one in particular underlines the rule.. Expand
  6. ChrisM.
    Jan 24, 2006
    This is truly awful. Taking great songs and stripping them of whatever strenghts they once had. "Have a little faith/there's magic in the night" in Bonnie's voice is completely void of this faith, and "no hope/see that's what gives me guts" looses said guts. This man who once said he was sad because he "was born". What a load of bollocks. Expand