The three prophets of heartbreak have returned after a four-year hiatus and their thoughts on love and romance remain ever present in...

HAIM - Something To Tell You / Review


The three prophets of heartbreak have returned after a four-year hiatus and their thoughts on love and romance remain ever present in their work.

Haim gained a huge following due to their unique sibling act and successful blend of Rock and Pop on their debut album ‘Days Are Gone’ back in 2013. Their sisterly relationship has always projected itself onto their music. They give each other space sonically allowing you to isolate the individual contribution of Danielle, Este and Alana whilst also maintaining a fun exultant togetherness in their sound.

‘Something To Tell You’ sees the sisters slightly shed their rocky skin in favour of progressing in a more pop stylistic manner. However, their musical roots remain firmly planted in the construction of their craft and execution of their instrumentation.

Satisfying guitar riffs and solos scattered throughout the album such as in ‘Ready For You’ and single ‘Right Now’ display the Classic Rock Pop lessons they learnt from the family band the three of them grew up in. Covering artists such as the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles, contributed hugely to how they approach their technique.

However, as a whole, they appear to have been influenced by modern day Pop production with the use of d-tuned and auto-pitched vocal harmonies and Hip-Hop flow in songs like ‘Walking Away’. The track boasts a hugely R&B formed style with the use of an offbeat drum pattern and breathy vocal harmonies.

Although a few of the songs may inspire you to have a good cry with their slow and abrupt deep-seated antipathy and perceptible love/hate tone of relationships (‘Kept Me Crying’); lively and energy boosting tracks full of vim like ‘Little Of Your Love’ counteract that effect and get you dancing the blues away.

Haim as a live act also encourages this evolution. Listen to their music, have a think. But then go out and see them perform in order to celebrate life and movement. The journey of the songs animates a sense and drive to unlock your inner arriviste and to go and be joyful and fulfilled.

The amount of love songs does get tiresome when listening to the album as a whole. The happy melodic lines help prevent this but when analysing the lyrics it gets stale and creates a craving to hear a song unrelated to relationships and infatuation. Haim, however, are highly successful in writing for this topic and focus a great deal on this aspect of life. They cram feeling and heart into their creations.

Haim act as seers of love, showing their findings and thoughts to help others fixated on past pain. Their words offer solace to those who are stuck in heartbreak through non-preachy incantations, that are open to interpretation.

This album demonstrates Haim’s talent and Scherzo in writing relatable poetry backed by a musical scenery of Pop and Contemporary R&B. Being the group's second album, it is clear they have much more to offer as they develop their design and musical characteristics.

An album to fall in love with and to not dump quickly. 

By Hugo Lagnado

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