Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic 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. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Intriguing. [27 Jan 2006, p.85]
  3. The Brave And The Bold is one odd duck of an album, with two unsympathetic musical personalities paying tribute to 10 other unsympathetic musical personalities by making a record that doesn't sound at all... expected.
  4. 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.
  5. Uncut
    80
    There's more here for Oldham fans than Tortoise fanciers. [Feb 2006, p.76]
  6. There are enough moments of complex, nuanced, lingering beauty here to keep drawing you back.
  7. Mojo
    80
    More than a curiosity. [Jan 2006, p.131]
  8. Filter
    78
    It's high entertainment of a sedate rock order, even if nothing is particularly brave or bold here. [#19, p.97]
  9. The experiment does at times rush off the tracks into the bushes, where either the spastic tempos prove too much for Oldham's cool croon, or the meat-and-potatoes song structures reject Tortoise's occasional proclivity toward overseasoning.
  10. Paste Magazine
    70
    Like an indie-rock version of Dylan & The Dead--only surprisingly inspired instead of barely palatable. [Apr/May 2006, p.110]
  11. This is a solid listen regardless of whether or not it's breaking any new ground.
  12. Under The Radar
    70
    Surely, fans of both Oldham and Tortoise will find little to complain about... but there's also enough material here to coax a few more over the fence. [#12, p.93]
  13. The Brave and the Bold is an awkward, lumbering affair, of passing interest to fans of the artists’ work and no one else.
  14. Q Magazine
    60
    A fun if disposable diversion. [Feb 2006, p.105]
  15. The more adventurous picks on The Brave And The Bold sink more often than they soar.
  16. Rolling Stone
    60
    Sometimes mesmerizing, often depressing. [23 Feb 2006, p.68]
  17. New Musical Express (NME)
    60
    Twist[s] both the ultra-familiar and the obscure into awkward new shapes. [21 Jan 2006, p.35]
  18. Billboard
    60
    More often than not, Oldham's signature vocalizing keeps Tortoise from falling back on old sonic tricks. [21 Jan 2006]
  19. Approach it as a slightly goofy one-off, and you won't be disappointed.
  20. Hit and miss, then, but certainly brave and bold.
  21. In short: We all really wish this was better-- less tiring, less dour, less sluggish-- than it actually is.
  22. Urb
    50
    The end result just isn't up to the standards of which either of these musical titans are capable. [Mar 2006, p.119]
  23. The New York Times
    50
    This record is never obvious; it has no agenda. It advances no cultural or historical theory. It is not meant to accompany psychic healing or political protest, and it has no real connection to anyone's alternative-anything movement. There are so many things it isn't, that it barely is. [16 Jan 2006]
  24. The vast majority of this release just doesn’t stick together coherently and suffers because of it.
  25. With the ability of the participants, surely there could have been more interesting material to explore, and sadly 'The Brave And The Bold' ends up being anything but.
  26. For Bonnie Prince Billy it's an atypically sexless affair with only his version of Richard Thompson’s Calvary Cross worthy of his previous covers record, More Revery.
  27. Alternative Press
    40
    Tortoise sound remarkably un-Tortoise-like on nearly everything... [and] Oldham's stunning vocals are rarely allowed the space they deserve. [Mar 2006, p.126]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. FValeron
    Apr 27, 2006
    4
    Do not ignore Chris M. my friends. I'm a huge Oldham fan, but this record is nonsense. 'Tis a shame...
  2. EstanislaoB
    Apr 11, 2006
    9
    Es un album excelente, en el que se ve la perfecta unión entre dos grupos, que se multiplican hasta el infinito. Y además la 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 Full Review »
  3. LeonardoF
    Feb 8, 2006
    8
    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 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. Full Review »