TITLE: Women in Music, Pt. III
YEAR RELEASED: 2020
CHART ACTION: #13 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Now I’m in It (#9 Rock), Hallelujiah (#38 Rock), The Steps (#24 Rock), I Know Along (#29 Rock), Don’t Wanna (#26)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: You don’t but you should. And see the Deluxe Version below.
LINEUP: Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim. Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij were their main collaborators again and Tommy King added some keyboards as well.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A breakthrough, written and recorded despite travails all around them. They produced one of 2020’s classic works.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sometimes personal tragedy brings great art. Each sister of Haim had struggles and tribulations with death, cancer, and diabetes. Also, they had enough of gender roles and attitudes by the music machine.
So, they got to the studio, and expanded their sound greatly, and had songs inspired by many genres and artists. The sound palette put form by the sisters and their producers fits each song on the button. While there is still a bit of their breezy, summery pop in there, Haim is head on addressing a lot of issues and does so with tremendous aplomb.
This is my favorite album from 2020 thus far, and it is deserving of the accolades.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They were nominated from Grammys for Album of the Year and the song “The Steps” for Best Rock Performance.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yeah, oh yeah. Deluxe issues have a new version of“3 AM” with Thundercat collaborating. The single “Summer Girl” (#27 Rock) was appended as well, and the most recent addition is “Gasoline” with Taylor Swift.
GRADE A+: It’s an incredible work and definitely speaks to the misogyny of the record industry and press, along with working through their various personal hurdles.