By now I’m sure the majority of you know who Haim are, composed of three sisters- Alana, Danielle and Este, their music is a hybrid of indie, rock and pop and is something of a breath of fresh air in a currently bleak category. As one of few mainstream all-female groups out at the moment along with the likes of Warpaint and First Aid Kit, Haim look to continue their success with the release of their debut album Days Are Gone.
Days Are Gone is brilliant. I was a massive fan of the singles put out from the album, and the remainder of the project follows with the high quality of the hits like Falling and The Wire. The soft vocalisations coinciding with Coldest Winter–esque drums on Better Off (found on the Deluxe Edition),the contrasting production style of Send Me Down, the chilled strums of a guitar solidifying on Honey & I, and the various harmonising and flawless chemistry between the three across Days Are Gone, are reasons why it’s such a raved about album.
Haim have a very distinctive, recognisable sound and their tracks are often very similar. However, the bizarre thing is that it doesn’t become repetitive or dull, tracks like My Song 5, take on a new style while retaining the Haim aura, giving the group significant variation and individuality. Their songwriting and ability to craft an album is second-to-none and I can’t really fault them.
Clearly taking inspiration from various hip-hop and R&B as well as more poppy groups like The Corrs, the range of creativity is so vast across Days Are Gone that I don’t see myself getting bored of it anytime soon. Drum machines on Go Slow sounds like it’s gearing up for a rapper to lay some bars on it, where as, If I Could Change Your Mind almost possesses the same feel, but when the vocals are introduced we see Haim ‘tame’ the track and make it theirs.
Days Are Gone is everything a debut needs to be- exciting, consistent, individual and creative, aspects that separate it from other similar acts or albums. Luckily for Haim they don’t really have much competition anyway, but what they have done, is set the benchmark incredibly high for forthcoming acts of the same caliber.
Verdict – WWWW