The Jezabels   Synthia
3.9
excellent
Release Date: 2016
Tracklist

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3.5 greatBedex | December 15th 19

Yeah this one didn't click too much either. Again much poppier, with as the same suggests lots of synth pop bits. 1 has a lovely album intro but the bulk of the track feels a bit lackluster. 2 also has a cool intro and is a stronger track overall, with better integrated vocals and touches of baroque. 3 is also good and shows post-rocky touches, showing how diverse the album gets. 4's full on synth pop but I find the vocals don't really match it and the track is kinda eh. 5-6 are the album peak, two gorgeous tracks, and the latter taking a darker turn and showing the best instance of the synth pop turn the band took whilst retaining scarce post-rock touches. 7 has a cool bass but feels amateur for most of it, like a first act you'd see at a gig, and 8-9 kinda lost me tbh. 10 is a sweet ballad (which normally I wouldn't like so that's an achievement), but it is overstretched a little bit and feels excessively lengthy. Overall this is a good album, but it's not consistently living to the potential of 'synth pop Jezabels'. 3.6

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4.0 excellentdedex | March 24th 19

Incredible dream/synthpop album. Sometimes made me think of The National (these drumz) with female vocals. The highs here are marvelous (first three tracks, If Ya Want Me), but overall it's a tad less consistent than Prisoner. 3.9

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5.0 classiccjbizzlebizzle | January 24th 17

From the opening track Stand and Deliver to the epic ender Stamina, the Jezabels unleash a masterpeice in the form of a special mix of synth pop and indie rock. Hayley Mary's vocals are incredibly complimentary to the barrage of synth and at times extremely impressive such as in A Message from My Mothers Passed; she truly has great style. Just as important is Heather Shannon's work on the keyboards. The synth is thick and in your face but never feels remotely cheesy or intrusive. Synthia is unbelievably consistent and well paced; there is not a single moment on the album that could be removed. Epic climaxes and somber lows each ebb and flow is crucial to the album's success and it is rife with memorable moments musically and lyrically. Stamina is probably the best track on the album but on any given day each and every one of the tracks feels like a standout highlight.

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4.5 superbBenjamin Kuettel STAFF | December 15th 16

Synthia contains elements from all kinds of musical styles like dance and electronica, providing interesting results behind the anthemic indie rock sound. This certainly is a gripping listen, with a lot of dimensions to it including vulnerability, love, loss, and triumph. It's not quite as straightforward as the band's previous two albums, and feels more urgent overall. Everything comes together and feels strange yet beautiful, with moments of irony lending to the personality the band have shown to possess. Synthia shows an alternative band continuing to grow into themselves, delivering an impassioned exercise in social issues, heartbreak, and naked emotion.

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3.5 greatmouton0ir | September 27th 16

A catchy, dark pop album that has its effectiveness somewhat neutered by flat, muffled production.

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3.4 greatTrey STAFF | March 3rd 16

I'm a big fan of this band, but I've liked each new release a little less than the one before it. This one is still pretty great, but it is a little too streamlined for my taste. I liked the bigger risks on the first two releases.

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