Having previously described themselves as “intensindie” (remember Viva Brother and “gritpop”?) and with song titles such as 'City Girl' and 'Long Highway', there’s an initial concern that The Jezabels could be recent graduates from The Chris Martin School of Clichés. Fortunately the Australian upstarts have much more to offer than your average flatpack arena band with the robust, beautifully produced and surprisingly subtle debut LP: Prisoner.

Stumbling from the starting block is the overblown opening title-track 'Prisoner'. With a meshing together of basically everything that the band have in their arsenal, it feels like The Jezabels are trying to paint themselves as ambitious and want to escape their obvious marketability straight away. Fortunately this is arguably the album’s weakest point and things improve drastically with 'Endless Summer'; a single that effectively bludgeons the listener with its strength, its urgency and its blazing clarity. Hayley Mary’s emotional range is outstanding and it serves the band very well indeed, although her shrieking can be slightly grating on the album’s heavier moments such as the somewhat forgettable Nobody Nowhere.

After the superb double hit of 'Trycolour' and 'Rosebud', the second half of Prisoner eventually lulls into a more varied affair (presumably due to the suits having bolted after hearing 'Endless Summer' to make rabid telephone calls). It’s easy to start banking on when 'Austerlitz' will inevitably break from its slow and dreamy introduction into a predictable cacophony of noise, complete with Mary’s howl that she saves for the big choruses. Interestingly however, it never arrives and the three minute instrumental is well constructed and a welcome break in Prisoner’s pace - even if it does seem out of place on an album that, at first, didn’t appear to have a lot of time for pauses and punctuation.

Prisoner is hardly a groundbreaking album but getting swept away by its giddy grandeur can be a real pleasure and sonically, it is stunning. While the album can fall short occasionally when it can’t quite pull everything together and it overreaches itself, this does show that The Jezabels have the potential to really nail it next time. The only thing that prevents Prisoner from going stratospheric is a slightly scattershot approach and the sense that The Jezabels would like to appear more profound than a band who are simply very good at churning out terrific songs.