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Drake Bell
It's Only Time
Universal Motown Records

Drake Bell is a polarizing issue. There are two camps on the matter: the "OMG, I LOVE DRAKE BELL, HE'S SO HAWT!" camp of female Nickelodeon watchers under the age of fourteen and their mothers, and the camp of "Oh my Lord, I hate Drake Bell, he's only known as a musician because he works on Nickelodeon, his music is nasty, overly Beatles influenced crap" jaded cynical over-twenty-year-olds that have seen kitsch bands come and go like melted ice cream on a summer day. They're there one minute - gone the next.

I've managed to carve out my own niche on the matter. I'm not madly in love with him and I don't think he should be absolved of all sins because he's marginally physically attractive. But I feel kind of sorry for him because of his car crash last year, and I respect his attempt at a musical endeavor because he has technical ability and a vehicle to support it. But I can't really say that I enjoy his sophomore CD, It's Only Time, released last year.

The album begins with the cringe-worthy "Up Periscope" that could double as an early morning Disney theme song. Most tracks on the album could act as theme songs, actually. Probably the least offensive song on the album is "Fallen For You," which features the cheesy, wishes-he-was-Weezer lyrics, "Buddy Holly glasses on a Betty Page negative / You're looking so classic, handpicked by some Hollywood executive / Just like Norma Jean / I can't believe I've fallen for you." Hear that preteens? All you have to do to get attention is dress up like sexpot movie stars from the 1950's and the men will be crawling all over you! Still, the song shows promise as does the rest of the album.

Maybe if Drake Bell falls from teenage grace and starts acting his age, he'll actually produce a moderately impressive album. Until then, don't rush out and grab his album. He's got a long way to go until he's worth it.

-Caitlin McGuire

Track Listing:
1. Up Periscope
2. I Know
3. Do What You Want
4. It's Only Time
5. Found A Way
6. Makes Me Happy
7. Fool The World
8. Fallen For You
9. Rusted Silhouette
10. Break Me Down
11. End It Good

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