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Album review: Haim, 'Days are Gone'

By Matt Pais

RedEye music editor

September 24, 2013

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***1/2 (out of four)

I don’t believe in hyperbole. I don’t go around saying so-and-so is the best thing ever. Without a spectrum of quality, reviews are pointless.

So it was not insignificant that I raved and raved and raved about Haim, a pop/folk/R&B band I knew was good, after their Lolla set showed me they were extraordinary. All contributing vocals and impressive musicianship, L.A. sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim (and a touring drummer) put on the kind of creative, blistering, weekend-topping show you hope to have at any festival and rarely expect from a band without a debut album in stores/iTunes/wherever people get music now.

The first six tracks of the highly anticipated “Days are Gone” are phenomenal. That includes the shimmying “Honey & I,” the undeniable “Falling” and first single “The Wire,” which should be in the dictionary under “big hit.” So it’s a little disappointing that the uncertain title track breaks the streak of greatness, while “My Song 5” sounds more like Dirty Projectors than Haim. Though the group's recorded material not hitting the heights of their live show is mostly because they're so sensational onstage, the aforementioned tracks stand out as weaknesses.

It’s a brief departure, though. The record closes sweetly with songs that cap the overall theme of time, whether it’s past regrets or present uncertainty. At the moment, there’s no doubt that Haim’s going to be huge.

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mpais@tribune.com

 

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