My favourite album of the year is from the prize-winning Australian band, The Jezabels, called Prisoner. As I wrote earlier this year at this blog, the album is limitless to me in its sonic pleasures - I have listened to it literally three hundred times this year, often before bedtime. Its shimmering generosity, and drumming panache, reminds me of the best of U2, or Simple Minds, with a dash of Siouxsie. But it has a radiance all its own. The high point of the album is 'Rosebud' with its romantic connotations, and hint of Citizen Kane. It lifts my spirits every time I hear it.