The Brave and the Bold Radically reinventing classic rock nuggets like Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road" and Elton John's "Daniel" into creaky, cranky soundscapes, cerebral Chicago instrumentalists Tortoise and indie-rock eccentric… The Brave and the Bold Radically reinventing classic rock nuggets like Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road" and Elton John's "Daniel" into creaky, cranky soundscapes, cerebral Chicago instrumentalists Tortoise and indie-rock eccentric… 2006-01-24 Tortoise and Bonnie "Prince" Billy Rock
Music Review

The Brave and the Bold (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 24, 2006; Lead Performance: Tortoise and Bonnie ''Prince'' Billy; Genre: Rock

Radically reinventing classic rock nuggets like Bruce Springsteen's ''Thunder Road'' and Elton John's ''Daniel'' into creaky, cranky soundscapes, cerebral Chicago instrumentalists Tortoise and indie-rock eccentric Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie “Prince” Billy) team up on The Brave and the Bold, an intriguing disc of covers. Tackling varied material — from the aforementioned dad-rock faves to Richard Thompson's epic ''Calvary Cross'' to Devo's herky-jerky ''That's Pep!'' — the pair infuse all their interpretations with an aura of foreboding, especially on ''Daniel,'' which turns Elton's bittersweet, sun-kissed song into a beautifully eerie, creeping ballad.

Originally posted Jan 20, 2006 Published in issue #860 Jan 27, 2006 Order article reprints
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