Category: Haim

Haim – Women in Music, Part III

ARTIST: Haim 

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.

Haim – Something to Tell You

ARTIST: Haim 

TITLE: Something to Tell You

YEAR RELEASED: 2017

CHART ACTION:  #7 US, #2 UK

SINGLES: Want You Back (#10 Rock, #56 UK), Little of Your Love (#24 Rock), Nothing’s Wrong

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not much else got out in the zeitgeist.

LINEUP: Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim. Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij were their main collaborators.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A similar record to their debut, with some darker corners shading their work.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Haim didn’t rest on their laurels from their debut. Sure, some tracks on their second album continued the guitar-based glow with sisterly harmonies. But there were some elements of sadness and want adding to the mix on the album, which diversified their sound enough to make the work not just a rote followup.

The album has hooks, and gloss, but also adds a grit due to the guitar sounds. Seemingly worshiping at the altar of Fleetwood Mac at times, Haim harks back to those days while keeping the sound modern-ish.

The production now added effects and found sounds that fit the tracks. It’s good to hear a band that wants to grow and change while maintaining their sound and ideals.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Lizzo opened up for them on the tour for this album

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Just one track in Japan.

 GRADE B+: A worthy follow up with some definite pop-rock appeal.

Haim – Days Are Gone

ARTIST: Haim 

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