Being one Australia’s largest current exports in the music world is a tough occupation to fulfil. The Jezabels have held a secure position in the heart of Australia’s thriving music scene, and after a staggering amount of singles from their three EPs and debut album Prisoner back in 2011, have risen from the gloomy studio to unleash their sophomore beast, The Brink. Dramatic and elegant storytelling with the power and ferocity of desert licked guitar lines – it’s what the Jezabels are known for, but on this second full-length effort from the Sydney four-piece, it all just feels too proverbial.
ARIA award winning Prisoner felt like a gigantic leap for The Jezabels and resulted in sell out tours in Australia and the support slot for cult classics Depeche Mode in Europe. While their debut held intense pop classics such as the heaving Long Highway and spin-chilling opener Prisoner, thanks to Hayley Mary’s commanding voice, The Brink’s opener of the same name, while it starts with a kick, falls a little flat. The eleven track album is bookended with some of the group’s highlight material with the meat of the record acting as filler and nothing more. Beat to Beat is the closest the Jezabels will get to becoming a hip-hop group, new single Look of Love tries to recapture the heart and fiery soul which won many Australian’s over with Endless Summer yet only gets as far as that.
The Brink holds some pop gems which are prime for goosebump territory, but it all feels very familiar.