Days Are Gone by Haim (Columbia, 2013. 44 minutes)
Haim is a band from Los Angeles, California comprised of sisters, Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim.
A Trend Is But a Repeat of the Past
With music, it seems as if we’re repeating ourselves every 20 years. The 90s mirrored the 70s. The aughts mirrored the 80s. Now it sounds like we’re giving a run at the 90s.
When I was heavily involved in music during high school and college, I had a tendency toward demonizing these repetitions. I would mock popular music and be the first to point out how a musician sourced influences from the past.
If I had to look at it introspectively, I would say my views came from a place of respecting innovation over creativity. I hadn’t quiet mastered the ecclesiastical view of “nothing new under the sun.”
There’s quite a bit of value in returning to our cultural roots to mine new creativity. And I’m glad that my tastes have allowed for a newfound appreciation in such acts.
So we turn to Haim. Haim sounds like indie-Gloria Estefan and I love it. More accurately, the band somehow mixes post-punk and top-40 pop to perfection. I’m not embarrassed to say it. I’m glad this band is getting a major label push. I’m sure some of my music loving brethren (and sisteren) are judging me hardcore right now, but whatever.
Days Are Gone is an excellent record. It is incredibly catchy, well produced, and detailed—an item that makes it unique among pop bands.
For starters, Haim not only writes their own songs, but they also perform these songs using instruments! The rhythmic pocket is tight; the guitars are tasty.
I have often respected an album only to hear a band play it live and see how the production has masked a lack of talent on a given instrument. Not so on Days Are Gone! These sisters can play!
“Forever” serves as an excellent microcosm of the whole album. The song is anthemic, catchy, and layered with harmony. Energetic drums and driving guitars make the song feel infections.
Additionally, current single, “The Wire,” shows attention to detail in instrumentation. It’s not a standard pop song even if it sounds like a simple pop tune. Subtle movements in melody and harmony through voice and instrument, takes a tune you’d hum after hearing it on the radio, and gives it depth—something you’d analyze over a beer.
Thematically, Days Are Gone offers broad lyrics about broken and fractured relationships. They are perfectly serviceable, but nothing Pulitzer-Prize worthy. But the lyrics aren’t the point of this record.
Days Are Gone executes pop to perfection. The album offers depth to those who want to sit in their living room spinning these songs through earbuds. It also has the catchy, blast-it-with-the-windows-down style.
In other words, Days Are Gone has the perfect blend for multiple parties to enjoy. If you like music, Haim’s Days Are Gone won’t let you down.
Verdict: 4 out of 5