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on 13 October 2013
HAIM were predicted to be very big at the start of the year. Their debut EP "Forever" and a superb line-up of live shows made them a clear band to keep an eye on. Polydor, however, noticed this and assigned some top producers to help with the creation of their debut album. The result is something different from the live shows we all know and love but still a masterpiece and probably one of the best record to be released this year.

The opening is very single heavy but at least it lets you know you're in the right place. Already it is obvious just how much more glamorous this is compared to earlier impressions. In fact, the first half of the album is just a more shiny version of the live shows. If I Could Change Your Mind packs the catchy riffs of an 80's hit, The Wire recounts an awkward relationship whilst capturing the technical glory we know HAIM for. In fact, it is hard to be disappointed with the first half if you have been following HAIM from the start like I have.

It's after Don't Save Me (perhaps the best single to come out of America in years) that things become harder to swallow. Days Are Gone is co-written with Jessie Ware and this shows in the songs overall production. A lot more sampling and electronic sounds are used to create an atmosphere distinctly not HAIM. It is a good song in its own right but feels out of place on a rock record. My Song 5 draws a sharp contrast and offers some generally hard hitting riffs and melodies. Again, it doesn't feel like the HAIM we already know but this new, feisty HAIM is probably the direction I would follow in the future. The ending of the album finds a nice place in between new and old HAIM: keeping the gritty percussion and guitar whilst enhancing it with a style that only a proper studio could achieve.

Although lyrically weak, Days Are Gone is an exceptional album sure to please the general public. However, HAIM veterans may want to listen to a very samples first before taking the dive - but be assured it is completely worth it.
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on 8 August 2014
Quick Delivery of an excellent West Coast Sound - Haim are a class act.
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on 6 October 2014
Wonderful stuff. No bad songs on this album. They're great live too.
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on 29 June 2014
Really good cd, also got it on auto rip on all my devices fantastic.
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on 30 March 2016
Fantastic band, every song is as good as the next. A definite buy.
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on 14 July 2015
One of my favorite albums to listen in the car. Brilliant!
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on 18 August 2014
Main alburm is a gooden the second you can by or leave it.
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on 29 October 2015
Rubbish but it wasn't for me. Whatever floats your boat!
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on 18 February 2015
Love this record. HAIM have big things ahead of them!
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on 6 December 2014
Good album, fast delivery but my favorite song jumps
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