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on 21 March 2006
i am surprised at the amazon.co.uk review of this album...
according to paul sullivan, 'the versions of Springsteen’s "Thunder Road" and Elton John’s "Daniel" feel bloodless. And that’s the problem in general: despite a plethora of inspired moments and several great covers, the album in general vies too often for a nonchalant middle ground'...
this is downright despicable and unjust! both thunder road and daniel are the most heart wrenching, powerful, moving, impassioned ..dammit: gorgeous songs on the album..
every time i hear thunder road i feel like jumping into the nearest car and taking off in any which direction....i feel like driving for hours and hours and never stopping [which is hard, and nigh impossible as i dont drive]...i feel like walking out of work and never returning....
and daniel..gosh...it's too too much..
paul sullivan i challenge you to eat your words!
or a duel perhaps?...
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on 21 April 2006
Will Oldham aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is one if the most inspired, inspirational and forward thinking artists in contemporary music. But this album of covers - a collaboration with Tortoise - is the fourth consecutive non-proper release from Oldham who is struggling to match or even follow up the phenomenal 'Mater and Everyone' (from 2003). For 'The Brave and the Bold' - Oldham takes a back seat musically and leaves the playing to Tortoise.

This album sounds like it was recorded in super quick time - the arrangements plodding along and lacking the twists and turns inherent in Oldham music. 'Daniel' starts with potential, but just drifts and loses tension. Much of the album is like this. 'Thunder road' is the exception.

Will Oldham is clearly at a cross-roads - the new proper Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album, recorded in Iceland in late 2005 is due late this year. As a massive fan, I can only hope with anticipation he has regained form.
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on 15 June 2006
In the often lacklustre and uninspiring world of contemporary music a diamond shines thru the gloom. An album of covers may make most music fans groan with despair but this is the exception to the rule. Turning the originals into something of exceptional beauty and joy this album is truely astonishing.
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on 25 January 2006
I've never been fully convinced by some of Tortoise's sonic meanderings but when restricted by the confines of an existing song structure it works far better. Elton John's "Daniel" and Bruce Springsteens "Thunder Road" stand out as the best tracks on the album and anyone who covers a Minutemen track deserves 4 stars.
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on 5 February 2006
Some of these tracks are more successful than others, and overall it's a bit of a mixed bag. But the cover of Springsteen's Thunder Road is outstanding, and for my money worth the price of the album alone. I'm a big fan of Will Oldham, and while the album isn't up there with his best, that track is.
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on 22 March 2006
As a Bonnie Prince Billy / Will Oldham fan I was really looking forward to this album, however I hadn't reckoned on Tortoise. I was very disappointed with the Tortoise sound. The angular erratic music drowns out Oldham's fragile voice and I really can't remember hearing such a total mis-match of music and vocals before. If you're a Tortoise fan then maybe this is what you like but this review is aimed at BPB fans who, like me, may not get what they bargained for.
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