Telegraph (album)

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Studio album by Drake Bell
Released August 23, 2005
August 7, 2007 (re-release)
Recorded 2003-05
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 40:33
Label Nine Yards, Backhouse
Producer Drake Bell, Backhouse Mike
Drake Bell chronology
It's Only Time

Telegraph is the debut album by singer-songwriter Drake Bell. It was recorded by Bell and producer Michael Corcoran, as well as a few friends in a simple home studio using a Digidesign Digi 002. The following record, It's Only Time was recorded at the time in a newly built studio, The Backhouse.[2]

The album was released on August 23, 2005 and was issued by Backhouse Mike's label Backhouse Records and the now defunct label Nine Yards Records. Being an independently released production, it ran out of print, and was subsequently re-released on August 7, 2007.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Ultimate Guitar[4]

Telegraph received critical acclaim for its darker tone and Bell's songwriting. All of musical tracks on the album were written by Bell at around 14, 15, entirely on his own, with the exception of "Highway to Nowhere". Bell was around 19 when the album was recorded. Some of the songs were performed on the TV show Bell starred in, "Drake & Josh" [5]

AllMusic wrote in its review of the album,"He specializes in upbeat, McCartneyesque ditties fleshed out with enchanting harmony vocals and big, wet production."[1]

A writer for Ultimate Guitar Archive praised Bell's vocals on the album, writing "his voice is pleasantly raspy and there's always a sense of unapologetic know-how in his delivery, without the bratty pseudo-punk attitude that litters many a radio station".[4]

Track listing

1."Intro"  Drake Bell0:27
2."Found a Way"  Bell, Michael Corcoran3:02
3."Circles"  Bell4:06
4."Somehow"  Bell4:40
5."In the End"  Bell4:24
6."Don't Preach"  Bell3:24
7."Hollywood Girl"  Bell2:53
8."Golden Days"  Bell3:43
9."Down We Fall"  Bell5:50
10."The Backhouse"  Bell0:19
11."Highway to Nowhere"  Bell, S.W. Bennett4:04
12."Telegraph"  Bell3:39
Total length:40:33

Additional song information


As listed on Drake Bell's official website.


  1. 1 2 "Telegraph". Allmusic. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  2. "C.J. Abraham interview". Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  3. review
  4. 1 2 "Telegraph Review". Ultimate Guitar Archive. July 19, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  5. "Drake Bell - LIVE on KLAQ 95.5 FM". 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
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