There are those artists who go with the flow of the masses and then there’s HAIM. While it seems like we’ve heard it all, it starts to feel as if the notion of ‘same album, different artist’ is becoming even more prevalent these days, but not when it comes to our favorite LA sister trio, Danielle, Alana and Este Haim.
The girls dominated the indie world with their 2013 debut, Days Are Gone, and it looks like they’ll be doing the same with their highly-anticipated sophomore release, Something To Tell You. While four years is well enough time to fill us in on what they’ve been up to, this record goes above and beyond what indie-pop may sound like in 2017.
Opener and lead single, “Want You Back,” has ‘90’s pop ballad’ written all over it with that signature HAIM feel while “Nothing’s Wrong” and the 50’s-esque “Little Of Your Love” effortlessly ride on that momentum wave. “Ready For You” reminds me of sitting in my room as a 10 year-old diving into a new pop album for the first time. Somewhere out there is a little girl doing the same with this record.
Title track, “Something To Tell You,” just might be the album highlight, channeling an addicting TLC meets Haerts vibe while “You Never Knew” is a modern day Fleetwood Mac dream. This is the point during the record where you realize the four year wait was well worth it!
“Kept Me Crying,” girl power anthem “Found It In Silence” and the breathy “Walking Away” continue to push the bar while our original first taste of the record, “Right Now” packs all the grit the rest of the album is missing. Once closer, “Night So Long,” comes into play, things get emo real quick, taking the listener on an emotional rollercoaster in a little over three minutes. Lana Del Rey would be proud.
Like the instance of our girl Lorde, four years is a long wait for a second record, but when you’re gifted gems like these, it’s kind of hard to complain.
Something To Tell You is available now here.