“Although he's originally from Lubbock, not a hint of Texas twang comes from JoDee Purkeypile. The former Alice Rose frontman's second solo effort continues his fascination with power pop. That Messenger does so with a jolt of originality makes him among the leaders in a genre that thankfully refuses to die. While decidedly rooted in a sound stretching from the Beatles, Zombies, and Badfinger to Nick Lowe and Squeeze, Purkeypile's riffs, melodies, and subject matter are by no means stuck in the past. "Storm on the Sea of You and Me" comes across as Okkervil River meets the Smiths with George Harrison on guitar. Meanwhile there's a hint of Cheap Trick's impishness with "She Can Ride a Bike" and hints of Marc Bolan and T. Rex glam on the snake-y "I Think It's Alright." Throughout, Purkeypile accomplishes the difficult task of making something old and out of fashion into a sound that's bracing and alive.”
“Purkeypile’s expressive brand of power pop is far from derivative, and his high tenor is rather distinct. Yet something about these tracks feels strangely familiar; there’s an unshakable nostalgia about them. Put your ear a little closer, and each song crystallizes into a many-faceted pastiche — rather, a treasure trove — of shout-outs to popular music past and present. Purkeypile’s hushed yet enveloping singing distinctly recalls the triumphant melancholia of Elliott Smith, and when he hits those high notes, his voice erupts into a strained wail strongly reminiscent of Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins). Further, the standout track “Storm On The Sea Of You And Me,” with its singular guitar riff and acoustic strumming, plays like a homage to some forlorn Smiths song.”
“Austin band the Alice Rose was like a veteran backup quarterback — they had consistent work, and shined just brightly enough to last a decade. Two albums into a solo career, former Alice Rose singer Jodee Purkeypile has the mileage to pen easy, mature balladry with just the right amount of melancholy and self-loathing to be cool. In the most vulnerable spots, “Messenger” lands on that post-Elliott Smith, sad Beatle plateau. The hook to “Cruel Movements” is just a downtrodden reality: “Are you older now? I am older now.” It’s hard not to picture a sad emoticon at the end of that sentence. But more than romanticizing the past, it’s a record about acceptance (“I think it’s alright, I’ll stick around for you”). - R.R.”
“This is the second solo album by JoDee Purkeypile (The Alice Rose) and starting with the piano melody of “Cruel Movements” its full of double tracked vocals and Elliot Smith styled isolation. “I Think It’s Alright” breaks out a fantastic guitar riff, with various variations of the chorus. Purkeypile brings his English power pop influences to the forefront so if you like Squeeze, Crowded House, Nick Lowe and Badfinger you’ll enjoy this. The bounce of “Wired Wrong” and Elton styled piano of “She Can Ride A Bike” are real gems. JoDee’s mastery of the classic instrumentation and layered arrangements invites repeat listens on many tracks, notably “Storm On The Sea of You and Me.” Things slow down towards the albums end, but overall an excellent album to dig into. Highly Recommended!”
“Former Alice Rose frontman JoDee Purkeypile is back with his second solo album after his triumphant 2011 release October House, and Messenger is a more than worthy follow-up. Once again, Purkeypile purveys polished indie pop with a touch of a British influence - kind of like Glenn Tilbrook meets Jon Brion, with a hint of Elliott Smith. The piano-backed "Cruel Movements" opens the disc and is both melodic and haunting, the insistent guitars of "I Think It's Alright" and "My Inner Me" bring Bends-era Radiohead to mind, and the jaunty "Wired Wrong" has an AC Newman feel to it. The proceedings close nicely with the title track, which boasts a serpentine melody and biting lyrics. This is first-rate stuff, and an early contender for Best of 2013. ”
“Named one of the 11 Bands to Watch in 2011”
“Best known as vocalist/guitarist for local pop-psych quartet the Alice Rose, JoDee Purkeypile's premiere solo effort doesn't stray far from his band's output. Recorded, produced, and performed entirely by its creator, October House seldom self-indulges, with echoes of Emitt Rhodes and Tommy Keene running rampant. The nearly breathless "Don't Let It Die" and the cool-edged bop of "Disappear From Here" are just two of its many charms. Three-and-a-half stars.”
"Your Days Ends as Mine Begins" is first-rate guitar pop, and the rollicking "Company Man" has a Jellyfish by way of Michael Penn vibe. Elsewhere, "Summer Sunday" is a lovely slice of mellow indie pop, and the propulsive "Autumn Mind" channels Neil Finn. I could see this one ending up in 2011's top 20.