Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Mar 13, 2012
    '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. Apr 3, 2012
    The Jezabels take you through a range, giving you a story rather than simply one snapshot.
  3. Mar 13, 2012
    A fresh blast of vintage turmoil: a robust spin on the echo-laden romanticism of early-Eighties New Wave rock.
  4. Apr 6, 2012
    Prisoner remains one of the boldest statements of intent from a fledgling act this year, and while it will be a little too intense for some, it pinpoints the Jezabels as one of the bands to watch from Australia's thriving indie rock scene.
  5. Mar 13, 2012
    Although not quite the timeless classic its creators had hoped for, Prisoner is a solid debut that bears all the hallmarks of a bright future for The Jezabels.
  6. Mar 13, 2012
    Dragged down by a excess of melodrama, with some cutting and a dash of pop sensibilities The Jezabels would have a stone cold classic.
  7. Mar 13, 2012
    [Lead singer, Hayley Mary] keeps things interesting even during the many moments when sheer emo intensity makes the record heavy going.
  8. Q Magazine
    Mar 13, 2012
    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]
  9. 60
    They're tight in the way that only the threat of bottling can foster.
  10. Mar 13, 2012
    The Jezabels are so nearly there on 'Prisoner'– they just to focus.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 22, 2012
    There is good, near great stuff on this album, unfortunately all of it is loaded up front. After "Trycolour" ,my personal favorite, the paceThere 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. Full Review »