Bob Drake: The Skull Mailbox (2002)
Drake comes across as some sort of avant-garde, radical poet via his multi-tracked vocals, eerie lyricism, twangy electric guitar motifs, and slick picking acoustic guitar work atop fleeting rhythms. However, I must admit, this program is strangely appealing! On “The Box in the Orchard,” Blake injects wry humor with twisted, folk-rock style themes and odd sounding EFX. Although, he doesn’t allow the listener to become complacent as many of these works span one to three minutes in length.
Drake’s palate also features elements of country-rock and bluegrass, amid a few inadvertent nods to Captain Beefheart & “The Magic Band” or perhaps “The Fugs.” Oddities abound throughout, as Drake’s pet topic could parallel something that hints at - megalomaniac type artistic development. And for all of its hallowed reverie, The Skull Mailbox is bizarrely entertaining. Recommended.
Track Listing: 1.They Live in the Well 2.The Skull Mailbox 3.The Tower 4.Cellar of Madness 5.The Box in the Orchard 6.In the Tomb 7.The Shocking Efflorescense 8.Attar of Roses 9.The Miraculous Reliquary 10.The Wig Screamed Murder 11.Fearsome Heads 12.Fearsome Heads II 13.The Horrible Garden 14.Some Accursed Things 15.You Can
Personnel: Bob Drake: all instrumentation
Record Label: ReR Megacorp
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock