Album Review: Haim – “Days Are Gone”

For the last few weeks, its been practically impossible to avoid Haim. They’re one of the most buzzed about groups in the world right now, but does their debut album, Days Are Gone, live up to the hype? Come with me, as we dive into the world of Haim, and together we will find out. Enjoy. 

It’s pronounced to rhyme with time

So who the hell is this band that has seemingly gained all this popularity in the blink of an eye? Well, Haim (see pronunciation above) are an all-female three-piece, made up the Haim sisters. This trio combines folk, R&B, pop, and rock, a combination that is catchy, but still fresh. I’ve been listening to Days Are Gone since the day it came out, and it still feels weird to classify Haim. Upon first listen, I was sent back, back to the backseat. That time in the 1990’s when I was too small to sit in the front seat, and my single mom was listening to “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks. You guys remember that song, right?  It was a time of strong female pop, Lilith Fair, Jewel, and jagged little pills. All our moms wanted to do was have some fun, and Mother Haim was apparently no different. I can see her three little angels right now, sitting in the back of their mom’s Ford Explorer, bobbing their heads to Joan Osborne’s “One of Us”.

Now that my flashback is over, let me get to my point. Haim to me, reminds me of those 90’s female coffee shop singers. But, these three have been hanging out with the King of Pop (not in that way). Because these songs groove like none of our moms could. Check out the song “Forever”. The tune is should-we-break-up anthem, but the guitars could be from Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. Haim isn’t about making cheap pop songs. The sisters Haim can play their instruments. Every single one of these songs has great groove, a fun beat, and catchy melodies. In the next song, “The Wire”, the question posed in “Forever” is answered, she dumped him. With lyrics like, “I just know, I know, I know, you’re going to be okay anyway”, these girls sound like heart breakers.

My biggest gripe with Days Are Gone is that after a while, it starts to feel the same. Maybe too many of these songs sound a little too much like Micheal Jackson. The chorus in “Falling” sounds eerily familiar to “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”. Sometimes I get tired of the same mildly dancing songs, with guitars that don’t have any bite. I have heard that Haim is more rockin’ live, I would’ve like to hear that on Days Are Gone, But, even with these complaints, Haim is the most refreshing sound in pop. They sound about a thousand times more sincere than Rihanna, Ke$ha, and Katy Perry combined, and I would love nothing more than to hear Haim on Top 40 radio, because then I might actually listen to it.

My favorite song on Days Are Gone is “My Song 5”. It’s the only song that sounds completely different from anything else, and sticks out in good way. There are pitched down horns on the song that are infectiously dirty. This song has grit. The lyrics are sinister. There’s a guitar line that could make The Black Keys quiver. The song returns to the lighter Haim sound for the bridge, but these devilish vocals push you back into the mud. “Honey I’m not your honey pie.”

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