What an album this is. What a quartet they are. Sydneysiders The Jezabels first album, Prisoner, hit the world in 2011. And what a sonic blast of fresh air it was. This album hit right around the time Australian music was (and still is) being dominated by corporate mass produced pop from singing contests. The Jezabels had already amassed a huge independent following from the lauded live shows and the stunning EP offerings of She’s So Hard (2009), The Man Is Dead (2009) & Dark Storm (2011) and the anticipation of their first full album was at fever pitch before the record even released. (P.S. Who doesn’t love Disco Biscuit Love?)
The album released on September 16, 2011 to almost unanimous praise and I certainly spent that summer with this puppy on high rotation. Spawning such classic songs as Endless Summer, Long Highway, Trycolour, Rosebud, City Girl, Deep Wide Ocean and Catch Me (but to name a few, the whole album is all killer no filler), Prisoner is a work of a band at the height of their creative power. I’m going to let the album speak for itself – it’s magic and absolutely essential in your record collection.
As an Australian and a lover of Australian music I cannot recommend this album highly enough!
PRISONER by THE JEZABELS is out now on all formats – go get it!