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 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 September 27, 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[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
GeoCities 4.5/5 stars[4]
Ultimate Guitar 4.5/5 stars[5]

Telegraph received positive reviews from critics. The album was praised for its darker tone and Bell's songwriting. 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 psuedo-punk attitude that litters many a radio station".[5] Geocities praised Bell for it being not the teen pop of other child stars, and wrote that "Excellent use of musical special effects, a very Beatle-ish thing to do. Which is never a bad thing. Don't make the mistake and treat this like teeny throwaway pop. In fact the parents who purchased this for their kids might just play this record more often than they do. Bell appreciates those that came before him and he has the talent to be around for many years to come. Long after the screaming masses that have left the building the music will remain just as it always has. If you wondered what happened to real rock and roll in the mainstream buy this record. It's a good place to start for both Bell and the listeners."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Drake Bell, Michael Corcoran 0:27
2. "Found a Way"   Bell, Corcoran 3:02
3. "Circles"   Bell, Corcoran 4:06
4. "Somehow"   Bell, Corcoran 4:40
5. "In the End"   Bell, Corcoran 4:24
6. "Don't Preach"   Bell, Corcoran, Christopher Jonathan Abraham 3:24
7. "Hollywood Girl"   Bell, Corcoran, Garret Lars Petersen 2:53
8. "Golden Days"   Bell, Daniel Tashian, G. Garner 3:43
9. "Down We Fall"   Bell, Corcoran 5:50
10. "The Backhouse"   Bell, Corcoran 0:19
11. "Highway to Nowhere"   Bell, Morton Shallman, Scott Bennett 4:04
12. "Telegraph"   Bell, Corcoran 3:39
Total length:

Additional song information[edit]

  • "Hollywood Girl" was performed on TRL in the TV movie Drake & Josh Go Hollywood.
  • Part of "Don't Preach" is also featured Drake & Josh Go Hollywood, in which Drake Bell stars. The scene shows him (as Drake Parker) performing the song at the B'nai Shalom Home for the Elderly with his band. It is also featured in the episode, "Who's Got Game?"
  • "Found a Way", "Down We Fall", and "Highway to Nowhere" are also on the Drake & Josh soundtrack, Drake & Josh: Songs from and inspired by the hit TV show. Drake also played "Highway to Nowhere" when he guest-starred on the Nickelodeon TV show Zoey 101. In the episode, the students of Pacific Coast Academy hire Drake to play at their school's Spring Fling.
  • The beatboxing on the song "Circles" is done by Drake's co-star on Drake & Josh and best friend, Josh Peck.
  • "Found a Way" is the theme song for Drake & Josh.
  • Elizabeth Gillies & Ariana Grande covered "Found A Way" on


As listed on Drake Bell's official website.

  • Drake Bell - lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitars, keyboards
  • Backhouse Mike - bass guitar, lead and rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Joey Finger - drums
  • Tom Kinne - bass guitar
  • Scott Bennett - bass guitar, drums, guitar, keyboards
  • DJ Eroc - scratching
  • Mike D'Santi - guitar
  • Josh Peck - beatboxing


  1. ^ a b "Telegraph". Allmusic. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "C.J. Abraham interview". Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  3. ^ review
  4. ^ "Telegraph: A Review of Drake Bell's first album". GeoCities. Yahoo!. September 17, 2004. Retrieved January 2, 2015.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ a b "Telegraph Review". Ultimate Guitar Archive. July 19, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 

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