Reviewed by: Stephen Krock
It’s no wonder that The Jezabels’ producers credits include the likes of Radiohead and Lana Del Rey. Indeed, this Australian rock quartet melds the raw alt-pop fizzle of the former while led graciously by frontwoman Hayley Mary’s throaty Nancy Sinatra vocals. Much akin to Miss Del Rey, with an admittedly wider range. Perhaps Marina and the Diamonds would be a more apt comparison. Mary kicks it up a register in the more pop-y fare, such as the dance anthem, “Look of Love.” It’s a standout track that shows just how well The Jezabels ride the brink. As the album’s title suggests.
They skid down the rail effortlessly, with catchy melodic pop on one side and reverb-laden ethereal indie rock gold on the other side. “Look of Love” is cleverly followed up by the edgier “Beat to Beat,” which is almost its antithesis. The soft, bare, and beautiful “Psychotherapy” is itself a track that walks the line. The Brink is a brave album in its earnestness. The Jezabels could be either glossy hipster pop or straight up alternate rock. They choose to be both and neither and bless ’em for it.