The Brave and the Bold

The Brave and the Bold


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/23/2006
Label: Domino Records Uk
UPC: 5034202016724
catalogNumber: 0201672
Rank: 161725

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
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Mike Watt   Composer
John McEntire   Engineer
Ronaldo Bastos   Composer
Woody Crumbo   Paintings

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