Prisoner - The Jezabels
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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Australian indie pop group was produced by Lachlan Mitchell and won the 2011 Australian Music Prize.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
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  1. Mar 13, 2012
    90
    'Prisoner' is unquestionably a captivating LP where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, since the cohesive nature of its songwriting is clearly intended to suit a beginning-to-end listening experience and enhance longevity.
  2. Mar 13, 2012
    80
    A fresh blast of vintage turmoil: a robust spin on the echo-laden romanticism of early-Eighties New Wave rock.
  3. Apr 3, 2012
    80
    The Jezabels take you through a range, giving you a story rather than simply one snapshot.
  4. Mar 13, 2012
    70
    Dragged down by a excess of melodrama, with some cutting and a dash of pop sensibilities The Jezabels would have a stone cold classic.
  5. Mar 13, 2012
    60
    The Jezabels are so nearly there on 'Prisoner'– they just to focus.
  6. Mar 13, 2012
    60
    Their debut drips confidence, Mary's glass-shattering whoops and wordless exhortations on Long Highway and Try Colour set against the sort of brooding, stadium rock riffs even the Edge hasn't dared use since The Joshua Tree. [April 2012, p.98]
  7. Mar 13, 2012
    60
    [Lead singer, Hayley Mary] keeps things interesting even during the many moments when sheer emo intensity makes the record heavy going.

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  1. Oct 22, 2012
    8
    There is good, near great stuff on this album, unfortunately all of it is loaded up front. After "Trycolour" ,my personal favorite, the pace slows down and things start to drag. Give them credit for trying to make a coherent album and not just a collection of songs, however they seem to understand that live, their strength is in the uptempo songs where Hayley Mary's vocals shine and thrive. Expand