Album Review: Haim – Days Are Gone

They say when you fall in love you fall in love slowly then all at once. A few months ago, I had no idea who Haim was, let alone know how to correctly sound out their name. Now, at this point in time, I can’t imagine a life where I don’t listen to their music on a daily basis.

It’s one of those albums that everybody seems to be talking about lately and there’s a reason for it. Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim have crafted creative and addictive hooks with precision. They’ve developed an energetic, shapely percussive sound unlike we’ve ever heard before; mothering a  remarkable fusion of late eighties/early nineties rock and indie-pop.

The record, it creeps behind you, and with every consecutive listen, it fastens itself to your limbs – stitch by stitch – with unbreakable string. You can’t go anywhere without pulling one track or another into your mind. It’s an album you must add to your collection.

Falling: Voices howl in shorten breaths and speak in tenacious inflections. It plays out like a memory you can’t quite place, like a song which you’ve heard in another lifetime. It makes you want to shift and sway, to have the knowledge and experience to quote it word for word. When will you realize you have fallen down the rabbit hole and there is no way of getting back? 

Forever: I don’t think I’ve enjoyed an album this much in a long while. I’ve been listening to it constantly since it was released a couple of weeks ago. Forever was one of my early favorites and it still is. The proof is in the pudding.

The Wire: The first single to be released from the debut record is filled to the brim with tongue twisting lyrics and victorious shouts. If you don’t know the song by heart already, you will certainly have it memorized by the end of the week.

If I Could Change Your Mind: I once said that I thought the Sisters Haim were a time traveling band from the eighties. I’d like to alter that statement and say, I now think that the Sisters Haim are a time traveling band from the eighties who were sent to present day Los Angeles to sing songs as if it were the nineties. There is not doubt that this song reminds me of my childhood, of too colorful outfits and side pony tails, CD players and the Carlton Dance. I just want to hold it, put a leash on it, and keep it as my pet. That’s normal, right?

Honey & I: Bicycle rides through the park. Sunglasses and flip-flops. Hot summer days and first loves. This is what I visualize as Danielle Haim’s breathy verses of easy romance slow and speed. It’s as if the entire song twirls and twirls around until it runs out of breath and, eventually, falls onto the freshly cut grass happily and with a twinkle in its eye.

Don’t Save Me: There is only one thing I have to say about this song: it’s infectious. You have been warned.

Days Are Gone: Falsetto voices + synthesizers + danceability = The album’s fun-filled title track.

My Song 5: With smokey electricity seeping out of its pores, My Song 5 creates an aura of sweet retaliation and impressive strength throughout the track’s short-lived life. Combine that with some insatiable, sexy guitar riffs, and this song is definitely not short on fierce attitude. “I’ve been lied to, so what’s the truth? Now I’m not gonna hide it all, keep it in all from you. I’ve been dying to know what you’ve tried. You’ve been lying, so honey I’m not your honey-pie.”

Go Slow: The most melodically different tune on the record, but who doesn’t love a slow jam?

Let Me Go: If there was an accurate count dictating the current number of plays this song has collected since it walked into my life, I wouldn’t even tell you the precise calculation, because it would probably be exceptionally embarrassing. The track, being somewhat darker than its mates, combines sleek, staccato rhythms and anguished pleas of needed freedom. It performs like a perfected push and pull between creator and melody as if it were an echoed cry spoken in the dark.

Running If You Call My Name: Beautiful. Simply, beautiful. Understated in a way, though bits and pieces of intense emotion filter in like it had been floating through a dense fog. It almost possesses these theatrical tendencies while the chorus repeats, “I’ll keep running if you call my name,” while soft-spoken harmonies reflect back, “I’ll keep running if you come my way.”

Album Rating: A

Buy Days Are Gone on iTunes HERE

For more Haim visit their Official Website

Have you listened to Days Are Gone? What did you think? Are you now a Haim addict? Which song on the album was your favorite? Tell me in the comments!

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