The Jezabels - The Brink
The Jezabels are a four-piece alt-rock band (and now slightly disco-rock) from Sydney. Their EP trilogy was one of the best things I’ve ever listened to. Their 2011 debut album Prisoner quite rightly received piles of recognition and awards. And their new album The Brink is the album that I’ve been waiting for for three years.
Lead singer Hayley Mary is an outspoken fan of ABBA, and that love of disco comes across in almost every track of The Brink. The favoured sounds of the other band members (metal, classical, and country music) come together with this sparkling synth-pop to create a flourishing sound of power and elegance that drives the album on. From the fast guitar-and-drums-heavy opening title track ‘The Brink’, which is strongly reminiscent of the sounds of the EPs, to the boogiest disco track ‘Beat To Beat’, to the soaring delicate piano ballad ‘Marianne’, The Brink never ceased to amaze and delight this joyful fan.
The lyrics of The Brink are perhaps the biggest change between albums. The Jezabels’—or, more specifically, Hayley Mary’s—lyrics have never been easy to decipher, with Mary explaining that they were never specifically about her. For The Brink, however, the lyrics do focus on Mary, providing an insight into ‘a year in the life of’. “This one is personal,” said Mary. Which makes lyrics like ‘Bring back my spirit and my soul’ all the more powerful and yearning.
It may have been a three year wait, but no part of The Brink is not worth that wait. I’d wait twice that time if it meant another album this good. Although, if you’re reading this Jezabels, I’d prefer to not wait half that long. Favourite songs: Are you sure you’re ready for this list? Alright; here are my Must Listens: - The Brink - Beat To Beat - No Country - Got Velvet - All You Need If you’re already a fan of The Jezabels these songs will show off the band’s progression since Prisoner, and if you’ve never listened to them before then they’ll convert you.
Favourite lyric: If I had it again I’d want to know what every part of your body is for.