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2.79 | 20 ratings | 3 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

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

Total Time: 39:24

Line-up / Musicians

- Will Oldham / vocals
- Dan Bitney / bass, guitar, percussion, vibes, marimba, keyboards, baritone saxophone
- John McEntire / drums, modular synthesizer, ring modulator guitar, electric harpsichord, keyboards
- John Herndon / drums, vibes, keyboards, sequencing
- Jeff Parker / guitar, bass
- Doug McCombs / bass, bass 6, guitar, lap steel

Releases information

CDr Domino none (2004 UK) (promo)
CD Overcoat Recordings OC27 (2006 US)
CD Domino WIGCD167, wigcd167 (2006 UK & Europe)
CD Spunk URA173 (2006 Australia)
CD Domino WIGCD167P (2006 UK) (promo)
LP Overcoat Recordings OC27 (2006 US)
LP Domino WIGLP167 (2006 UK)

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(20 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
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Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "The Brave and the Bold" is a collaborative full-length studio album by US, Chicago based post-rock act Tortoise and US singer/songwriter Joseph Will Oldham, working under his Bonnie 'Prince' Billy monicker. The album was released through Overcoat Recordings in January 2006. It bridges the gap between Tortoise´s fifth and fourth full-length studio albums "It's All Around You" (2004) and "Beacons of Ancestorship" (2009), and in the case of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy his 2005 collaborative "Superwolf" album with Matt Sweeney and his 2006 "The Letting Go" solo album.

Tortoise is predominantly knowm for playing instrumental post-rock (with influences from jazz/rock, krautrock, and dub/electronic music) while Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is mostly known for his folk/country/americana influenced music, so on paper a collaborative effort by two relatively different sounding artists sounds like an intriguing idea. Thankfully it also works well off paper.

All 10 tracks on the 39:44 minutes long album are covers of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Devo, and Elton John, but also a couple of lesser known/obscure artists. The instrumental part of the music is kept relatively simple and stripped (but still creative and never boring), and the focus is predominantly on Oldham´s warm voice and emotional delivery. Most of the songs feature a melancholic atmosphere, but there are couple of more silly tracks on the album too like album opener "Cravo E Canela" (originally by Milton Nascimento). A track which features an uplifting mood and a latin touch.

"The Brave and the Bold" is a well produced album, featuring a warm, organic, and detailed sound production, suiting the material perfectly. Not all covers albums are equally interesting, but this one is definitely in the better and more personal end of the scale. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars on the cutting edge of instrumental post rock...except for this album. Will Oldham joins Tortoise on every one of these songs making them very experimental for him, but sort of normal fare for Tortoise, except for the fact that the singing takes the limelight and pushes Tortoise instrumental beauty and ingenuity to the background. This album is still quite avant garde, but the songs individually don't always quite work very well. There is really good and really bad here, leaving an album that is inconsistent. Now, I love variety, I don't like albums that stay safe and full of same- ness, but when the odd songs don't work very well, then I find that inconsistent. Songs 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 work quite well and tend to lean towards an artsy indie-folkish sound which I like, but, except for track 3, are lacking in progressive elements. Songs 4, 5, 6, 7 are not very well arranged and seem convoluted and drag down the middle section of the album. I could forgive this not being a completely progressive album if the most progressive songs on here were not done so horribly wrong. But, there are a lot of other excellent Tortoise albums out there to make up for this, thank the Great Turtle God. I have to give this a 3 star rating because there are enough good songs to make it listenable, but there is too much waste on here to make it an excellent addition to a prog rock collection.

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2 stars this is so - so , there are some good songs, thunder road which was written by springsteen, they have hopefully done their own version and sound very little like the orginal, Cravo E Canela is a fun little pop song, Elton John`s daniel , which also sounds very different from the orginal, thank ... (read more)

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