Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands

Cody's Dream

by Juli Thanki

9 April 2008

 

Even if you haven’t heard of Mark Pickerel, you’ve almost certainly heard him, thanks to his drum work on records from Screaming Trees/Mark Lanegan, Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, and even Nirvana.  But this might be the first time you’ve actually heard his voice, which is a weird and wonderful blend of Chris Isaak and Nick Cave. This, combined with the Southern Gothic subject matter of the songs creates a record that might be played during the prom at Tim Burton High School. Standout tracks include “Cherokee Grove,” a 1950s-esque, sockhoppy pop number and the combination of “Cody’s Dream,” the Clash-influenced opening track. Pickerel also enlists the help of several stellar guest stars, including Ian Moore, Afghan Whigs cellist Barb Hunter, and producer Steve Fisk. Overall, this is one of the better Americana records released in 2008. While Cody’s Dream may not immediately stick out upon first listen, it’s definitely a record you’ll keep coming back to.

Cody's Dream

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