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Old 04-18-2006, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Bonnie Prince Billy & Tortoise "The Brave and The Bold"


Anyone heard this album?

If you're a fan of either alt-folk artist Will Oldham (BPB) or post rock band Tortoise, then this is a really interesting album (good way or bad way), because it sounds nothing like either of the two, or even a combination of the two. Bonnie Prince Billy's done a lot of good collabo's, particular Superwolf with Matt Sweeney in '05.

Not to mention...it's a cover album. For instance, Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road" and Lungfish's "Love is Love" hit hard. Minutemen's "It's Expected I'm Gone" is followed by Elton John's "Daniel".

I'm not sure if the two mix well or at all. Rating: Weird/10.
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Old 04-19-2006, 02:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah it doesn't sound like them at all. That's why I enjoyed it so much.

It's possibly the second best covers album I have ever heard. It's completely unpredictable, and each song is pushed to it's limit and made their own, which is what a good cover should do, I have no respect for anyone who just mimicks the original. They keep the spirit of the songs alive but also twist the essence of the song to make it something very interesting indeed. Sometimes that's why I think it sometimes just didn't sound right - it's wrong, in a sometimes dark twisted intentional kinda way, like in the most obvious example 'Thunder Road.' Will's voice is emotive as always and Tortoise are a damn fine band for anyone to collaborate with.

My rating: 9/10 (only because I don't believe you should get 10/10 for a covers album)
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Old 04-19-2006, 03:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I couldn't rate this if I tried... weird/10 is right. 2 songs I like and put on rotation are Daniel and Love is Love. All of them are good, but there's no consistency in the album and each track I take one at a time...
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Old 04-19-2006, 07:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i downloaded this a few days ago and only listened to it once or twice ( i forgot it was a covers album, maybe not the best way to get into bonnie prince billy )...i have to say that not a single song struck me as being anything above average...most of them are nothing special at all, some are quite bad. 2 or 3 are decent....maybe i need to listen to it more...but my first impressions ( of the entire album ) is in fact weird/10 ( and that's not a good thing ).
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Old 04-19-2006, 10:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Adidasss you'd be better starting with Master and Everyone or I See A Darkness or something to get a proper feel for what Bonnie Prince Billy can do.
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Old 06-13-2006, 11:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I do quite enjoy this album, Love is Love in particular is a really cool song.

I'm not so sure about the Minutemen cover though, which is ironic considering it's the only song I know on there.
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yeah - i'm with you cardboard!! love is love is def the hit track. & who could not like the daniel cover?? the old elton john song?? i think it's great. check out the original on napster links or something. it's really good.
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I enjoy this album... first ive heard of Bonnie Prince Billy so i'll check out more of his stuff.

i prefer tortoise though.
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I uploaded the Tortoise discography last night for my friend.

Tortoise - TNT
http://www.sendspace.com/file/dh8pvb

Tortoise - Standards
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ii3yr4

tortoise - a lazarus taxon disc 2
http://www.sendspace.com/file/unk1ba

tortoise - a lazarus taxon disc 1
http://www.sendspace.com/file/zgbd3i

tortoise - a lazarus taxon disc 3
http://www.sendspace.com/file/8g5lpp

tortoise - millions now living will never die
http://www.sendspace.com/file/fuqi28

tortoise - its all around you
http://www.sendspace.com/file/4bjbxk

Tortoise & Chicago Underground Trio - Live
http://www.sendspace.com/file/s8sj2e

tortoise and bonnie prince billy - brave and the bold
http://www.sendspace.com/file/04410c

tortoise - remixed
http://www.sendspace.com/file/1f0h9u

tortoise - rhythms, resolutions and clusters
http://www.sendspace.com/file/5k6lp0

Tortoise - Tortoise
http://www.sendspace.com/file/5g5l8f
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Um, I mean. Thanks.
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