Yes, David’s got something to tell you… his thoughts on the new Haim long player in his latest album review.
When you think of family bands, the names that come to mind mightn’t be the coolest but there’s a modern one that approaches things a little differently : HAIM.
Back with their second full length album, ‘Something To Tell You’, after four years labouring away at it (alongside touring), we’ve been treated to what feels like a natural extension of their first album, but more grown up.
First and foremost, they’ve worked with one of my favourite writers and producers again; Ariel Rechtshaid (Adele, Carly Rae Jepson, Usher).
They collaborated on their previous album and why would you want to mess with a good thing like so many often do? It’s a good decision to have him back on board.
I could take or leave lead single ‘Want You Back’ for its lack of what I’d call “magic”. It’s fairly generic and doesn’t really showcase the girls harmonies very well.
Instead second single ‘Little Of Your Love’ is where the girls hit their stride. It’s got some gorgeous layers and when you hear how tight knit the harmonies are alongside some great guitar licks, it’s hard to tune out.
Across the rest of the album, HAIM settle into a real groove and it makes for an enjoyable listen.
Title track ‘Something To Tell You’ is my favourite song here simply because of how pure and relatable it is; something HAIM are regularly good at doing.
‘You Never Knew’ could easily be mistaken for a lost Fleetwood Mac tune because of just how inspired it is. It’s another moment worth tuning into.
Where I think things fall short is in some of the mixing of studio versions. This takes away from the magic often captured in their live performances. The girls’ normally tight vocals sometimes feel flat and uninspired across several tracks.
I think as HAIM continue to grow and evolve, we’ll be treated to some brilliant songs as we have done on album number two.
While it’s not perfect, it’s still a very enjoyable listen from what’s a very talented band.
VERDICT : 3/5.
MUST LISTEN : Little Of Your Love, Something To Tell You, You Never Knew.