- Audio CD (November 25, 2008)
- Reissue ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Backhouse Records
- ASIN: B000SNUNDI
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Re-release of Drake Bell's acclaimed debut album Telegraph, originally released in 2005 on Nine Yards Records. Drake Bell is famous from co starring in the Nickelodeon show "Drake & Josh." A great mix of pop, rock and groove showcasing Drake's voice and s
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
"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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my niece and she really loves this cd. She's also a big fan. She said all the song are upbeat and fun.Published 20 months ago by Hollie
Drake has some phenomenal songs on this CD. Would definitely repurchase over and over again. Not the typically modern music on the radio and that's why I love it!Published on June 9, 2014 by Jessy
Great change from the mainstream pop, and Drake Bell has an amazing voice and the beats were incredible!!! 5/5 stars.Published on July 6, 2013 by Chris
I've never done a review on anything before, and I wouldn't even call what I'm typing one, but I shall try to keep it short nonetheless. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Trey Alexander McLain
Excellent cd. Drake has a superb voice and the lyrics are meaningful, fun and catchy. Impressed! jimmyPublished on March 8, 2009 by James R. Andazola
I started watching Drake and Josh with my son. I thought the theme song was good, but didn't expect to like any other songs. He wanted this CD.
So I bought it for him. Read more