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Telegraph

4.7 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro
  2. Found a Way
  3. Circles
  4. Somehow
  5. In the End
  6. Don't Preach
  7. Hollywood Girl
  8. Golden Days
  9. Down We Fall
  10. The Backhouse
  11. Highway to Nowhere
  12. Telegraph


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nine Yards Records
  • ASIN: B000A2H7XQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By T. S. Potter on October 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion, you don't have to be a young boy or girl who finds Drake 'dreamy' to really appreciate this album (not AT ALL to devalue the musical tastes or celebrity crushes of younger folks).

Whereas most 19-year-olds with guitars are just young people who can write songs, Drake is a SONGWRITER. Whereas most of those 19-year-olds can play the guitar, Drake is a GUITARIST. He's the real deal and has more than enough talent to spread over the 10 of these 12 music tracks.

I'd say he leans toward the rock (as opposed to pop) genre, but there's nothing abrasive about his rock and roll style. Take any period of the Beatles, pretend they're spices and you can find them seasoning up the entire album in one way or another. There's also some Patty Griffin (the paradoxical semi-detached yet achingly personal lyrical style), some of Bruce Springsteen's blue-collar-workin'-man energy, and a bit of John Mayer (not so much the glossy sound... but the journalist-turned-songwriter sensibilities). He even has a gift for Jason Mraz-esque word-play, but where Jason uses it (or seems to use it) as a novelty that serves his musical style, Drake seamlessly incorporates its usage into the bigger picture.

If this album doesn't get much radio play (and that would be radio's loss), it's because it's more varied and musically sophisticated than the stuff radio programmers are comfortable with. I'm not saying it's "experimental" or "abstract" by any means. There's just plenty of blues, jazz, classic rock, and folk rock to go around and yet there's no one song that conforms cleanly to any of those genres. He's a renaissance man who deserves to be at the front of the line along his 20-something-year-old peers.
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Full disclosure: I'm a 40 y/o SAHM who has been exposed to Drake Bell's music on Nick's "Drake & Josh" thanks to my 11 y/o son. Once I heard "Found A Way" off the newer album, I was hooked!

"Telegraph" was released independently in the fall of '05, and (I believe) riding the wave of attention Drake Bell is getting from being on tour w/his new album - as well as the special movie ending of the Nick show - has been rereleased w/an 07 publishing date.

Why there are two product listings for "Telegraph" on Amazon, I have no idea. But there are 60+ GLOWING reviews of this album at the original product listing. I wanted desperately to own this album after falling in love with "It's Only Time," released Dec 06. But all I found here was a handful of collectible-quality CDs priced over $100! (And I'm a sucker for liner notes) So to have the opportunity last week to preorder "Telegraph" directly from Amazon was a real treat!

Unfortunately, when I tried to spread the word of a rerelease of "Telegraph," most pp found the original product listing, which shows to be available from 3rd-party sellers only. So, I'm definitely going to send all my friends a direct link to the NEW Amazon listing for "Telegraph", because it is completely worth it to get an original recording of this album, as opposed to the 2nd or 3rd gen I've been listening to!

As an older listener, I love catching the more obscure influences Drake has obviously referenced - clearly, The Beatles has had an enormous effect on the development of his writing and playing skills. But I hear more current influences on the "Telegraph" songs: as varied as Green Day, ska/reggae, some Spanish guitar at the beginning of "Somewhere" and, believe it or not, even more mature lyrics than those that some mothers of preteens have complained about on "IOT." I could see 3-4 potential radio hits on this album, if it is given the chance.
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"Telegraph" is a great first release by musician/actor Drake Bell. Ok, for those of you who just want a quick review, here it is, in this one paragraph, you need read no further unless you want particulars; if anyone chooses to read the rest of my review, that's your choice. This CD rocks! It is not continuous rock, but it reaches moments of real rock intensity. Drake Bell is a skilled vocalist, all the back up musicians are good, and the lyrics of the songs tell interesting stories. This quality music is appealing to a variety of age groups, and parents need not worry because there is no foul language. The CD is great and compelling because it is fresh, energetic and impassioned, as well as well-crafted.

The opening track entitled "Found a Way" should not be dismissed as being merely a television theme song; it is tight and poppy and well-constructed. The keyboards warble pleasantly and the guitars chug nicely. "Circles" is more laid back and bouncy; it describes being at a party, and features Drake's co-star Josh Peck on beat box. The feel-good groove is not unlike that of the Sugar Ray song "Fly." The fade out of the song, with its circular piano and guitar, reminds me of a passage in "Teenage Wasteland" by the Who.

"Somehow" is introduced with piano and moody Spanish guitar, then moves immediately to a powerful chorus of vocals and heavy guitar. The song is a dark story, filled with imagery and feeling. Drake stretches his voice with passionate intensity. "In the End" is one of several songs that deal with relationships; there is uncertainty, mixed feelings, and wistfulness.
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