Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Alternative/Indie, Artpop/Pop | Heft: Jahrgang 2012, eclipsed Nr. 139 / 4-2012 | VÖ-Jahr: 2012 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Pias | Autor: UR

Jezabels in their home country Australia long ago as "everybody's darling". On the one hand, this is due to the energy that their music already offers at the beginning of the debut album: The title track "Prisoner" doesn't take prisoners and establishes a room-filling, melancholic mood. Church organ and tremolo slide guitars lay a gothic-like gloomy foundation until singer Hayley Marys raises her clear, deep voice. When you think of the lively electric basses, you think of Muse's melodramatists. But the points of reference are widely scattered, ranging from young goth elves like Zola Jesus to the glossy studio sound of the eighties - the main thing is that the boys make the rooms wide for Mary's mercurial voice, which can sometimes take on a serene Stevie Nick tone ("Long Highway"). Also the other band members serve concentrated emotional expression. Nik Kaloper, for example, lays down bubbling to galloping drum cascades in the background, or sometimes makes ominous hard blows. The band hardly allows itself and the listener any air to breathe in about 55 minutes. But it leaves a first impression with intensive reverberation.

Top track: City Girl

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