British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, talks to US rock band Haim, appearing a BBC current affairs programme in Manchester, before the start of the Conservative Party annual political conference, Sunday Sept. 29, 2013. The Los Angeles, USA, rock band Haim dedicated their song "The Wire" to David Cameron as they performed on the political TV chat show. The Haim sisters are bass player Este, right, guitar players Danielle, centre, and Alana, left. (AP Photo / Stefan Rousseau, PA)
Review: Rock sister trio Haim shines on debut
New release » Haim, “Days Are Gone” (Columbia Records).
By REETU RUPAL
| The Associated Press
First Published Oct 01 2013 09:17 am • Last Updated Oct 04 2013 06:13 pm
Siblings Este, Danielle and Alana Haim have been steadily gaining momentum with tour support slots for Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and Florence + the Machine. Their audience is mostly comprised of young girls who just want to rock out without giving up on their pop just yet.
"Days Are Gone," the trio’s debut album, is slick and radio-friendly, thanks to producers Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Usher) and James Ford (Florence + the Machine, Arctic Monkeys). The tracks are delivered with energy and confidence and catchy hooks are easy to come by. This album is instantly likable.
"Forever," "Falling" and "Don’t Save Me" are upbeat jams laced with 1980s synth guitars, while "My Song 5" is gritty with its Muse-esque dark guitar licks and R&B vibe. "Let Me Go" is full of attitude, with the group showing off their perfect harmonies.
The album’s closing track, "Running If You Call My Name," brings Haim’s anthemic pop-rock effort to a close with vulnerable lyrics and punchy vocals. These L.A.-based sisters are newcomers, but they’ve made quite an impact with this stunning debut.
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