After years of honing their craft, the HAIM sisters (Este, Danielle, and Alana) released their debut album, Days Are Gone, in 2013. Off the back of single The Wire, the girls and their light brand of pop rock continued to grow in popularity.
Their debut made a lot of “best of” lists for 2013, cementing the girls as the real deal. After two years on the road and scoring the highly coveted opening slot for Taylor Swift's 1989 tour, HAIM took a little break.
For over a year now, fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of the band’s next album. Fortunately, the wait is over. HAIM has officially returned with one of the most anticipated albums of the year, Something To Tell You. Did they avoid the dreaded sophomore jinx? Let’s find out!
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Opening track I Want You Back has been on the airwaves for a few months now as the lead single from the new album. It shows the HAIM sisters doing what they do best with their light pop rock and harmonies which build off each other. It’s a great way to let fans know that HAIM is back.
While listening to Nothing’s Wrong, HAIM’s frequent Fleetwood Mac comparison stands front and center, as the songs style is something right out the Mac’s handbook. Being compared to one of the all-time greats is not a bad thing, though, especially when you pull it off like HAIM does.
When I hear Little Of Your Love, the harmonies remind me of Wilson Phillips. At this point, it hit me that HAIM’s style is truly steeped in the pop and R&B world while maintaining some rock roots. It’s a perfect combo, one that’s refreshing amid today’s cookie cutter pop music.
When I hit Ready For You, the band decides to hit me with a more modern, pop-oriented track. The way the girls play off each other vocally is an awesome feat and truly gives off that “finishing each other’s sentences” vibe.
Este and her bass take the lead with a cool beat on the title track that sounds like a Michael Jackson influence in sound and spirit.
By the time I get to Right Now (above) and moody closer Night So Long, I think HAIM has really carved a niche for themselves in today's crowded pop field.
After four years, I do feel HAIM should’ve taken some chances musically. However, their “if it ain’t broke” approach gets a pass because HAIM really can write a great song. The way they feed off each other vocally also transports you back to early Fleetwood Mac.
Something to Tell You is a great follow-up, proving that HAIM will be around for a while. As they continue to grow and evolve, I can easily see them becoming leaders of this new generation of pop stars.
The Playlist: July 11th, 2017
After sitting silent for over three years due to her ongoing battles, legal and otherwise, with producer Dr. Luke, Kesha is back. Praying is as personal a song as you can get.
A complete 180 from her party anthems of the past, the song starts as a spoken word about the meaning of life, before going into lyrics that draw right from her issues with Dr. Luke. It’s a good ballad and shows Kesha’s strength as a songwriter. I’m looking forward to see what her new album brings.
A few weeks back, I picked Sigrid’s Don’t Kill My Vibe as a dark horse song of the summer. Plot Twist shows Sigrid is for real, as her second single shows more of her talented vocals accompanied by some awesome beats. Sigrid may be a dark horse for more than just the summer as I believe she is an up and comer to keep an eye on.
Cage the Elephant channel their inner Beatle on Sweet Little Jean (Unpeeled) (Live). I’m looking forward to the entire Unpeeled album due out later this month as the band performs with a small orchestra and choir. Cage the Elephant are becoming one of those can’t miss bands here you have to give everything they do a listen.
Corey Taylor is the mighty voice behind Slipknot. He is also the Stone Sour’s leader and front man. At times, Taylor is at his best when he uses his voice to sing acoustically, as shown on his solo tours. Song #3 is a little more pop rock than Taylor's fans may want, but it’s the acoustic version that we all need. Taylor proves why he is one of rock's best.
311 dropped their twelfth album a few weeks back. The Omaha boys are still going strong with their reggae funk rock. Mosaic is full of 311 doing what they do best. Wildfire is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It’s getting me psyched to see the band this weekend.