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Days Are Gone
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2014
Purchased for my 17 year old who loves this group - haven't stopped playing this all summer! Really good songs, really good musicians - stand out tracks for me Days are Gone and The Wire, daughters like If I Could Change Your Mind and Falling. So refreshing to have talented young girls who can sing, play their instruments so well and don't feel the need to strip down to their knickers in order to sell records.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2015
Take three musical siblings, with a surname starting with H and what do you get? If you're as old as I am, memory may provide the answer "Hanson". Fortunately, however, there is little comparison other that these between Hanson and Haim. Whereas Hanson were teenagers when they burst onto the scene in the mid 90s with their rather annoying "MmmBop" single, Haim have built up their talents playing with and for other artists and only now, when all three sisters are in their 20s and more musically mature, as well as physically mature, than the brothers Hanson were, have they come to prominence as a group.

Outselling Justin Timberlake to get a Number 1 album in the UK suggests they may have something going for them. But it's not just the public who are behind Haim, as they were voted the BBC's Sound of 2013, beating another chart topping artist in Tom Odell and following on from the likes of Adele and Jessie J in winning the award. So the expectation is certainly there as their debut album "Days Are Gone" is released.

Given that the majority of my favourite tracks were quite early on, I'm left with the feeling that "Days Are Gone" is only half a decent album. What is here is certainly musically accomplished, but the vast range of influences suggests that the group haven't quite picked their own sound as yet and are experimenting a little with what sounds right for them. However, this is a fairly decent 11 tracks and 45 minutes of music that suggests that there is the talent within Haim, both musically and especially vocally, for them to be something quite impressive given time.

This is not a bad album to say you've listened to, especially if things do settle and they become huge in the future. This is an album that has more in the potential than it does on the album itself, but it's not a bad listen. When it's good, it's very radio friendly 1980s influenced synth pop and when it's bad, it's either a touch bland or a little bit weird and freaky. There is no middle ground as yet, but when Haim find their middle ground, they have the quality to go far.

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I’m a sucker for that early ‘80s new wave blend of palm muting and power chords, so Haim provided a rather Fleetwood Mac-inspired breath of fresh air to the pop mainstream. The indie scene is crying out for axe-wielding rock chicks comparable to Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, so Haim deserve some credit for having the cajones to drop the bomb that is Days Are Gone, an album which recalls the golden era of ‘80s pop rock.

From the ‘Vienna’-esque Ultravox pulse at the start of its opening track ‘Falling’, the Haim sisters hurl themselves into a maelstrom of new wave abandon from the Tango in the Night arpeggiated synths in the background of ‘The Wire’ to the breathy vocals of ‘Honey & I’. These girls are adept at crafting danceable pop songs with rhythms so tight that Quincy Jones would be hard-pressed to deny the similarities between the riff in ‘Forever’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.’

‘Don’t Save Me’ is a standout track showcasing Danielle Haim’s vocal hiccups and her ability to switch octaves down to little more than a murmur, and ’If I Could Change Your Mind’ shows that the girls are unafraid of trying on the pop formula for size without being branded as Pussycat Dolls, with ‘Days Are Gone’ itself hinting at the influence of contemporary R&B. However, it’s Este Haim’s peerless bass-playing which allow these influences to cohere firmly under the ‘pop rock’ genre.

In the same year which saw Fleetwood Mac reunite with Christine McVie at the London O2 Arena, it’s refreshing that Haim garnered critical recognition for taking sips from the same creative well of inspiration – in fact, if Haim open the door for more women to enter the music world to strum a guitar instead of ‘twerking’ to Robin Thicke then I think that can only be a good thing. Sure, the album may occasionally veer too close to Shania Twain territory at times, and it’s true that Haim do wear their musical influences on their sleeves, but the album remains a satisfying listen irrespective of this.

Their biggest crime? Cosying up to David Cameron on BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show. Although, to be fair, Este Haim’s dedication of ‘The Wire’ to the Prime Minister by saying that it was all about him – a song which has lyrics ranging from ‘I’m bad at communication’, ‘it’s not right’ and ‘I fumbled it when it came down to the wire’ – may have been more rebellious than you’d think. But in spite of that incident of shameless political posturing, I’m willing to let it slide. After all, if women did less swinging around on a wrecking ball in their birthday clothes and followed Haim’s musical example, the BBC Radio 1 playlist would be an entirely different beast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 10 May 2014
Not the best album I've ever heard, but give "Days Are Gone" a few listens, and then it just clicks. There are, of course, songs that stand out and are much better than the rest ("Falling", "If I Could Change Your Mind" and "Days Are Gone" are the shining stars of the album, and, having bought the limited edition with 8 extra tracks/remixes, I would say don't bother, unless you are a hard-core fan). The album is bright and breezy pop sound (with a hint of rock), polished and chillaxing.

The sister-act rock band Haim are from the sunny LA, and you can almost feel the sunshine seeping through the album. The songs are sparkling, danceable and infectious, and this is a classic Haim sound. Yes, it is their first studio album, but Haim have been cultivating their sound for over fifteen years, and [some think] they are much better live than recorded. There are debates around the fact that Este, Danielle and Alana Haim let the producers rub the edges off their talent, and I agree. If you saw them on Jools Holland (or any other life performance) you can tell some of the momentous live energy has been lost in production of "Days Are Gone". But it does not make the album any less enjoyable and easy-listening.
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on 15 August 2014
I came across Haim after hearing one of the tracks in the background on "Made In Chelsea". It's a bit like Cyndi Lauper, Kate Bush, Little Boots and La Roux all bundled up into one. One minute it's very fresh and modern, the next it has a kind of 80s retro-feel. Most of the tracks are catchy, with my favourite being "Go Slow". Definitely worth downloading, you will just keep playing it. Yes, it's probably a little over-produced when compared to their initial raw tracks when they were first discovered; but who cares, it works!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2014
Its nice to hear a band so fresh and different without needing to get there boobs out. Very talented girls and only two songs I don't like!
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on 16 June 2015
I bought this album after discovering this on the 'Deezer' app and loved its distinctive sound. These three girls are large talented and give great summer sounds that are essential all year round. The album has a slight rock feel but with authentic indie sounds at heart. This album is guaranteed to lift my spirits.
It is extremely hard to pick my favorite song as they are all so great. Full of chilled summer anthems that have become an essential album.
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on 16 September 2014
Finally got around to getting the album,only a year after release! Love the Californian influences on the tracks as you would expect with a modern twist. The nod to The Eagles on the intro to The Wire,think was Heartache Tonight inspired, as is the rest of the album. Seen live on tv Glastonbury I think and excellent live,lot rawer of course but you would expect that,best of both worlds! Looking forward to more great music from the trio!!
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on 8 January 2014
I ranked 'Days Are Gone' #6 on my top 25 from 2013 list (of which Savages, Vampire Weekend and Janelle Monáe gained top 3). Overall it is a fantastic indie pop record with seemingly universal appeal; I suspect because of it's ability to combine accessible (and catchy!) pop structure with interesting and dynamic sonics. Because of this it is one of those rare records that you can play to the entire extended family!
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on 24 November 2014
This was my one and only introduction to Haim and I was shocked by their consistently excellent output all the way through. They certainly have a nostagic vibe, calling to mind the best of nineties pop, indie and soft rock. Sublime rhythms, soulful vocals and a sound you just have to love.

This instantly became one of my favourite albums - the sort that has a winner on very track.
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