TITLE: Days Are Gone
YEAR RELEASED: 2013
CHART ACTION: #6 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Forever (#24 Rock, #75 UK), Don’t Save Me (#32 UK), Falling (#30 UK), The Wire (#25 Rock, #16 UK), If I Could Change Your Mind (#42 Rock, #27 UK), My Song 5 (#110 US, #183 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: That’s more than half the record! .
LINEUP: Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim. Ariel Rechtshaid produced and added a lot. Others on it were Will Canzoneri, James Ford, Greg Leisz, and Jamie Muhoberac.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: So Cal sisters work hard, release Eps, then get this full length out to acclaim.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Haim paid their dues – playing live as much as they could and worked on songs in their studio. Danielle had toured with several musicians, and Este got a degree as well. After the tours and the degree is when they really got serious about their sisterly band.
Starting out with Eps, they soon folded some of those tracks into their debut, which features a nice mix of pop, rock, and R&B without landing too much into one genre. The songs are bright and catchy for the most part, without sound same/same or labored. And the sisterly harmonies are spot on.
The singles are all decent enough, and the album tracks support them well. While it’s not an absolute must-have, it’s a very nice representation of their potential.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Danielle and Este were in a group called the Valli Girls in 2005 that got a deal with Sony. They were lucky to ditch that quickly.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Several. In Japan (of course) and the UK and a US deluxe issue.
GRADE B+: There’s nothing wrong with any of the tracks – it’s all pleasant pop / rock for the 2010’s