by Jason Stives, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Los Angeles rock outfit Haim has had a lot to contend with leading up to the release of their first full length. Saddled with a lot of hype both stateside and abroad, the trio of sisters and their unrelated drummer has been offering small morsels of ‘80s pop-infused rock tracks since early 2012. A full length has been on the minds of their loyal fan base ever since, but the question, as with all things hyped, is whether all this publicity was warranted in the end.
Well color me blindsided, because it was all totally worth it.
The group’s debut, Days Are Gone, is one of those albums that is a throwback in every sense of the word, but fits comfortably in today’s erratic music market. Part ‘70s classic rock, part 1980s Billboard pop, and with a splash of 90s alternative, it’s the album that wears its influences on its sleeve but never passes off as something new beyond crisp, and delicate composition. This comes off as saying it’s unoriginal, and it’s far from that. It does feel familiar, but it excels by being undeniably catchy and infectious, something that this clan has been leading up to for a long time.
For fans of their music this has been hotly anticipated for almost two years when the single “Forever” broke in early 2012. Hearing this track on a full-length release is a reminder of where people fell in love for the first time. The rattling, echoing nature of the track gets the body moving after the awe-inspiring buildup of opener, “Falling.” Then, of course, there is “The Wire,” the best song to come out this summer that didn’t crack Top 40 radio. With its opening Eagles-esque handclap, the sisters swap lead vocals and share in perfect harmonies on this Pretenders-and-Fleetwood-Mac-centered reversion.
Just this once everybody lives and all is well
BUT DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?!?
NO ONE. DIED.
2.47 BILLION CHILDREN, AND THE REST OF GALLIFREY, AND EARTH, AND 13 DOCTORS SURVIVED
except for the daleks, they died
No one important died