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Prisoner

The Jezabels

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The Jezabels’ frontwoman, Hayley Mary, is a powerhouse vocalist; at her strongest moments, Kate Bush and Glasser’s Cameron Mesirow come to mind. There’s no bass, so the guitar and percussion dovetail into a solid rhythmic foundation, while ‘80s-flavored keyboards (think Simple Minds) billow on anthemic gusts of melancholy and melodrama. The slightly retro-leaning pop foursome from Sydney, Australia, has a way with startlingly catchy melodies and choruses, though The Jezabels’ artful, panoramic sound can also be beautifully evocative and haunting. The lead single, “Endless Summer,” begs for radio play with its stadium-sized guitar washes and Mary’s forceful intonation hinting at wistful balladry. It’s too energetic to be a ballad but has a similar emotional pull. “Rosebud” feels like one of those Cranberries or Sinead O’Connor songs that were once every rocker’s guilty pleasures. This collection (The Jezabels’ debut full-length) seeps into listeners’ musical id with little fanfare, as stealthy as dew settling on grass. Discovering the life force in The Jezabels’ deceptively modest sparkle is a delight.

Customer Reviews

Perfect.

It's pretty hard to imagine listening to anyone else's music after this. Like 70s Bowie: it seems like all you need.

FINALLY!!!

I've been looking forward to this album for 2 years!!! can't wait to see them in a few days!

Newly found gem

Hypnotic, rythmnic drums combined with a lead singer's voice that soars makes this album a time when you can get lost in the musci and not want to come home. Excellent!

Biography

Formed: 2007 in Sydney, Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Australian quartet the Jezabels shimmer with their anthemic, empowering approach to indie pop. Comprising singer Hayley Mary, guitarist Samuel Lockwood, pianist/keyboardist Heather Shannon, and drummer Nik Kaloper, the group formed in 2007 after meeting at the University of Sydney, though Mary and Lockwood knew each other previously, having both grown up in Byron Bay. Taking a socially aware stance, the band name derived from Mary's perspective that Bible character Jezebel was misunderstood or misrepresented....
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