It was about time. Four years after the astonishing debut ‘Days Are Gone’, HAIM are back with a new full-length, ‘Something To Tell You’, and a backpack full of experiences, maturity and new ideas. The much-awaited sophomore album for the three LA-born sister is out on Polydor Records and makes it to that list of unmissable releases of this summer, anticipated by a handful of catchy singles – ‘Want You Back’, ‘Right Now’, ‘Little Of Your Love’ – that contributed to build expectations around the trio’s new work.
HAIM are different women, that’s fact. They bring their fresh wave of indie pop, full of guitar riffs and staccato vocals, now soaked in electronic patterns that create a summery soundscape throughout the whole length of the record. ‘Something To Tell You’ gloriously kicks off with the synth/percussions-driven ‘Want You Back’. Here is a brilliant proof of what the trio revealed themselves to be a few years ago: some sort of pop interpreters with a clear willingness to experiment and stretch out different sounds.
The title-track is one of the most interesting chapters of the whole album, characterised by upbeat rhythms and sharp bass lines. It’s all about a lost romance, a fil rouge that moves through the whole record: HAIM tell stories about love, heartbreak and betrayal. Taking the risk, every now and then, to lose focus on the variety of melodic patterns due to some over production that ends up erasing that halo of spontaneity and cleverness I undeniably fell in love with on their debut LP.
‘You Never Knew’, right halfway through, is another sweet slice of pop music. The album, although, goes rather flat from this moment on. The ballad, ‘Walking Away’, is actually the last remarkable moment in ‘Something To Tell You’, right before the already mention ‘Right Now’ and a mellow closing track, ‘Night So Long’.
I have the feeling ‘Something To Tell You’ has some good potential that remains hidden somewhere. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lower-key well-crafted album that includes a few little gems drenched in pure pop vibes. However, there’s something missing here, and I am not sure whether it is some lack of inspiration or the band’s need to lay down for a minute all the exuberance showcased on their first record.
We got to know Danielle, Este and Alana when they were in their early twenties. Those… days are gone, and it’s pretty clear – once more – that time changes everything.
Polydor | 2017
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