You guys. We’re finally getting a new HAIM album!
Sorry—let me back up a bit. HAIM, in case you aren’t already familiar, is a young pop/rock band made up of three sisters—lead singer and guitarist Danielle Haim, bassist Este Haim, and guitarist/keyboard player Alana Haim—who grew up playing music with their parents from a very young age. Their debut, Days Are Gone, was one of my favorite albums of 2013, and I still listen to it regularly. The songwriting is sharp, the production is beautiful, and there’s not a single track I don’t legitimately love.
When I saw HAIM live in 2016, it made me like the band even more. They’re playing with a lot of familiar sounds and themes, sure, but they’re absolutely sincere with every word they sing and every note they play. This isn’t some sort of lab-created experiment to get as much radio play as possible; these are outstanding pop songs being written and performed by a band with a lot of talent and a bold, focused vision.
So, anyway: their second album, Something to Tell You, is finally coming out tomorrow! We’ve been treated to three advance singles along the way, and I’ve been a fan of each one. “Want You Back” is a gorgeous, layered pop song that’ll get stuck in your head for hours at a time, “Right Now” is a slow burn of a track that rewards your patience in its final minute, and “Little of Your Love” is a straightforward number with one hell of a bridge. In other words: HAIM doesn’t seem to have lost a step. They’re still strong, passionate songwriters who aren’t afraid to have a good time and proudly wear their influences on their sleeves.
I’ve noticed, however, that a lot of people seem to have turned on the Haim sisters. Though their sound doesn’t sound all that different from Days Are Gone, I’m reading take after take from people who “liked their last album, but just aren’t feeling these new songs.” If a site such as Stereogum shares something related to the band, it takes all of 5 minutes for people who “used to really like HAIM” to start piling on with complaint after complaint. This all makes no sense to me at all.
If you aren’t a fan of the band at all, of course, I totally understand. I almost never listen to pop music like this; I’m usually the guy blasting Bob Dylan, Slayer, or Merle Haggard and talking about “the good old days.” But if you did like Days Are Gone, what’s not to love about these new songs? HAIM is back, baby! Let’s celebrate!
Something to Tell You drops tomorrow, so we’ll soon learn if they’ve delivered another classic or if they fell victim to the ol’ sophomore slump. One way or the other, I can’t wait to hear the whole thing and find out.