The Brave and the Bold

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Well, this one is a surprise. The Brave and the Bold is an all-covers collaboration between Bonnie "Prince" Billy Will Oldham and Tortoise, and it's got a set of songs that has to be among the most eclectic of any such project, ever. From Melanie to Devo to Richard Thompson to Lungfish to Milton Nascimento, this is one interesting mix. Some of the songs are done reasonably faithfully to the originals. "Some Say I Got Devil" is so faithful that the gender is left intact! And while "Cravo é Canela" keeps the rhythm and melody of the original, it benefits from beefed-up instrumentation, great production, and a surprisingly spirited Portuguese vocal from Oldham. "Love Is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Well, this one is a surprise. The Brave and the Bold is an all-covers collaboration between Bonnie "Prince" Billy Will Oldham and Tortoise, and it's got a set of songs that has to be among the most eclectic of any such project, ever. From Melanie to Devo to Richard Thompson to Lungfish to Milton Nascimento, this is one interesting mix. Some of the songs are done reasonably faithfully to the originals. "Some Say I Got Devil" is so faithful that the gender is left intact! And while "Cravo é Canela" keeps the rhythm and melody of the original, it benefits from beefed-up instrumentation, great production, and a surprisingly spirited Portuguese vocal from Oldham. "Love Is Love" trades the guitar grind of Lungfish's original for an industrial synth sound. Others are completely transformed, like the brooding "Thunder Road" and the newly ominous "Daniel." The Minutemen's "It's Expected I'm Gone" loses its tense punk rock edge but gains a great "out" solo section, and the cover of "Calvary Cross" is fantastic, but they should have let the guitar outro go on longer. This is a fun project to be sure, but don't expect more than that. It sheds a bit more light on what kind of eclectic music fans these guys are, and shows that Tortoise are consummate musicians, able to tackle virtually any style convincingly. It's not the new Tortoise album that comes later in 2006, and it's clearly not your standard Bonnie "Prince" Billy effort, either. Approach it as a slightly goofy one-off, and you won't be disappointed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2006
  • Label: Domino Records Uk
  • EAN: 5034202016717
  • Catalog Number: 0201671
  • Sales rank: 103,309

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cravo é Canela (3:09)
  2. 2 Thunder Road (6:28)
  3. 3 It's Expected I'm Gone (3:21)
  4. 4 Daniel (4:59)
  5. 5 Love Is Love (3:31)
  6. 6 Pancho (3:13)
  7. 7 That's Pep! (2:41)
  8. 8 Some Say (I Got Devil) (3:33)
  9. 9 Calvary Cross (5:08)
  10. 10 On My Own (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tortoise Primary Artist
Bonnie "Prince" Billy Primary Artist
Jeff Parker Track Performer
Sally Timms Track Performer
John McEntire Track Performer
John Herndon Track Performer
Jeb Bishop Track Performer
Douglas McCombs Track Performer
Dan Bitney Track Performer
Will Oldham Track Performer
Aram Shelton Track Performer
Corey Wilkes Track Performer
Technical Credits
Milton Nascimento Composer
Elton John Composer
Bruce Springsteen Composer
Richard Thompson Composer
Melanie Safka Composer
Roger Seibel Mastering
Bernie Taupin Composer
Mike Watt Composer
John McEntire Engineer
Ronaldo Bastos Composer
Woody Crumbo Paintings
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