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Tortoise and Bonnie Prince Billy (W.Oldham) took a bunch of cover songs and totally made them their own. I am familiar with the original versions of about half of the songs and they definitely molded them into something new and exciting.
For instance Bruce Springsteen's Thunder Road almost sounds like a 70's prog song (a la Genesis)- it's an excellent version. I also love Cravo é Canela, Calvery Cross and It's Expected I'm Gone. Really, there isn't a bad song on here and overall it doesn't feel like an album of cover songs.
I hope they do it again- maybe next time with some originals mixed in. Definitely check this out if you are a Tortoise fan or a Will Oldham fan.
Great cover, too.
When mixing both artists together, Oldham and Tortoise keep their signature sounds in tact as Oldham's dry voice moans his typical range in "Daniel" and Tortoise show off their normal rock stylings in "Love Is Love" (Lungfish) Yet, when listening to the album, it becomes obvious that Tortoise has the upper hand as their intricate instrumental ability far outshine Oldham's sometimes bored vocals that sometimes lack the range to match his background. For example, "(Some Say) I Got Devil" (Melanie) is lackluster in vocal performance but haunting in its instrumental.
The two sides do, however, work well together on songs such as "Pancho" (Don Williams) which Oldham loses his typical melancholy moans in exchange for optimistic vocals and Tortoise lends a more upbeat sound. "It's Expected I'm Gone" is orginally done by Minutemen and Oldham and Tortoise create a lingering, complexly beautiful song intertwined with a stoic guitar line. Furthermore, both sides show their ability to shift genres as they cover the Latin "Cravo E Canela" in an exciting mix of Oldham's subdued vocals, group singing and vibrant guitars. The highlight of the album is "Cavalry Cross" (Richard Thompson) which perfectly utizlizes Oldham's nuanced voice, supporting vocals and a hypnotic instrumental line.Read more ›
I heard this album was done a bit tongue-in-cheek, a joke of sorts, Will and Tortoise having fun. I believe it. The two entities coming together and the resultant smashing together of disparate styles ain't easy to listen to. I am devoted Will Oldham fan and it is as a Bonnie Billy record that I am interested in this album. The presence of Tortoise pretty much trashes the Oldham aesthetic. And it's the Oldham aesthetic that I love, so there's not much for me here. The tracks I like the most are the two or three with little audible input from Tortoise. I don't mean to dis Tortoise or their fans (really, I don't); it's simply that they make a kind of music that doesn't move me. For me, this is a little novelty record to listen to every once in a while until the next Bonnie Prince Billy record comes out.
Upon listening and taking some time to digest, I like it quite a bit, although it is a departure for both Tortoise and Will Oldham. Tortoise with vocals? By necessity, they adopt a more conventional approach to song structure. And Oldham outside of his alternative folk mantle, singing Springsteen, Elton John, and the Minutemen?
"Thunder Road" trounces the overwrought original, and "Cravo e Canela" could go on twice as long without any complaint from me. "Daniel" and some of the other songs are less successful, even bearing a whiff of kitsch for kitsch's sake -- but overall the performances are solid, the selections are diverse, and the delivery is superb.
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This is a great album, but it's used. Mine had the stickers peeled off, the sleeve was torn, and the record was dirty with scratches.Published 15 months ago by Elvis
Great mash up, totally reinvented covers. A few misses but over all a great album unlike any other.Published 23 months ago by Tim
Ever hear a song in a record store(remember those relics?) and get a song stuck in your head. Well, that is what happened to me when I heard this cover of Springsteen's anthem,... Read morePublished on January 2, 2007 by Enrique Torres
I guess, in the interest of full disclosure, I do have to declare that I'm not enamored of the whole Will Oldham esthetic, except that I did (and still do) love "I See a Darkness",... Read morePublished on September 8, 2006 by Redglare
I like Tortoise (a lot) and I also like Bonnie Prince Palace Will Oldham Music Brothers (a lot). But the combination of the two here doesn't yield anything remarkable. Read morePublished on March 13, 2006 by Sensitive Male Indie-Rock Fan