Mark Pickerel And His Praying Hands – Cody’s Dream

codysdream1.jpgQuentin Tarantino where are you? I believe Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands just wrote most of the score to your next movie, and you probably don’t even know it. Their latest album, Cody’s Dream, was released March 4, 2008. King Quentin of Strange, if you read Skope Magazine, I’m telling you to buy Cody’s Dream!

If Quentin Tarantino and Chris Isaac had a love child, it would be Mark Pickerel. Sprinkle in some Brian Setzer seed, and you have the makings of a very solid album from these hep-cats. Kickin’ off with the title track Cody’s Dream, the album itself is a roller coaster ride full of energy, reflection, and requests to ‘explain it to me slow… we’ve got all night for you to break my heart” in ‘Let Me Down Easy’. The end of the song breaks into an almost tauntingly upbeat chorus.

Some inspiration for this album comes from a trip through the Southern United States without a car radio. From Last Leaves, to Leaving With the Swamptones, and She Sleeps Through Sirens… it’s easy to see that was some odyssey. Cody’s Dream is a non-stop journey that feels more like a movie score than just any old album.

Their second release on Bloodshot Records, Cody’s Dream by Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands was produced by Steve Fisk [Nirvana, Screaming Trees], and is highly recommended for any collector of eclectic music.

Reviewed by: Gary Jacobs

[Rating: 4.5/5]

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