The Jezabels: Prisoner (MGM/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Jezabels: Nobody Nowhere
The Jezabels: Prisoner (MGM/Southbound)

This Sydney quartet certainly get great cover art, a thrilling wide-screen production from Lachlan Mitchell (and courtesy of Peter Katis who mixed the National) and the kind of high-concept dramatics (and melodrama) you would normally associate with early Eighties bands like Teardrop Explodes and Echo and the Bunnymen.

What saves this from being another run at Simple Minds/Echo et al is the presence of singer Hayley Mary who can turn out leather-lunged AOR belting, do a handbrake turn to become the top end of Kate Bush or get right there where Heart's emoting-meets-U2 bombast.

For a debut album it is certainly ambitious in that it aims for the stadium crowd, but that of course places it immediately at an emotional distance and songs like Long Highway want to take you to the top rung of the ladder before you even knew there was a climb ahead.

The strident drums certainly pull you in but material like the shoulda-been radio ballad Trycolour is overwhelmed by the urgency and drama when it might have been left to breathe a little more because Mary could carry this by herself.

That is a drawback throughout and the overall impression -- aside from the familiarity of some elements like The Edge's guitar chime, Stevie Nicks and the Pretenders in the record collection etc --  is this aims for the top too often for its own good.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Farmer Pimp: Sweet Hot Pepper Pop (Family Farm)

Farmer Pimp: Sweet Hot Pepper Pop (Family Farm)

In a recent interview New Zealand singer/songwriter Claire Holmes from Farmer Pimp noted, "Other people worry more about what our genre might be than we do. That's actually why we called the... > Read more

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson: Wreck and Ruin (Liberation)

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson: Wreck and Ruin (Liberation)

One of the more extraordinary achievements of Australian husband-wife team Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson hasn't been top selling albums and awards (together or solo), it has been how they have... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE POINT by HARRY NILSSON (MVDvisual DVD through Southbound)

THE POINT by HARRY NILSSON (MVDvisual DVD through Southbound)

Despite the very best efforts and intentions of critics and writers -- Elsewhere among them -- the wayward genius of Harry Nilsson still goes past most people. His work has been occasionally... > Read more

REVOLUTION, COMING RIGHT AT YA: The message in the music

REVOLUTION, COMING RIGHT AT YA: The message in the music

In the on-going American discussion about "the right to bear arms", the flashpoints usually come from another shooting in a high school, a lone gunman on a rampage or what the Founding... > Read more