Their name sounds like it belongs in the glam metal directory circa 1987, but The Jezabels are no party-time proposition.

Right from the hearse-has-arrived organ at the start of the opening title track, the Australians declare themselves to be a band who like an epic, mixing the melancholy guitars of three decades past with a touch of goth and lots of powerhouse rocking to create a sound of arena-filling potential - and one which guarantees car stereo truces between parents and children.

While there's the odd moment when Hayley Mary's skyward vocals will have some recalling the mobilisation of the canine nation from the old Winalot Prime TV ad, she is a singer of real character, whose work on Prisoner's quieter moments suggest that she has loads more to offer.

Even though it's a couple of tracks too long, there's more quality on this record than many manage on three.

Mary & Co can expect no time off for such good behaviour.

Harry Guerin