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Days are Gone (2013), 5/10
Something to Tell You (2017), 4/10
Women in Music Pt III (2020), 6/10

Los Angeles' Haim, formed by sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, debuted with the conventional dance-pop of Days are Gone (2013), an album produced by Ariel Rechtshaid that was hyped in both the USA and Europe way beyond its (non-existent) merits. There was little more than syncopated funk-soul-pop (Days are Gone). The hit The Wire sounds like Michael Jackson fronting a blues-rock band.

A bombastic production made it clear whom to credit for their second album, Something to Tell You (2017). Hence the loud and dense sound of Right Now, which sounds like Heart's What About Love without the guitar riffs, and Want You Back, which would otherwise be just a gospel-pop ballad. Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend fame co-wrote and co-produced the subtle litanies Kept Me Crying and Walking Away.

Surprisingly, Women in Music Pt III (2020), entirely produced by Rostam Batmanglij, showed some musicianship and even some inspiration. If the sleepy ballad I Know Alone and the Prince-esque 3am don't step beyond the cocktail lounge, several songs explore a much broader territory: the harsh country-pop of The Steps with a George Harrison-ian guitar riff, and especially the catchy UB40-esque reggae ditty Another Try. the ethereal folk-rock of Gasoline, the Taylor Swift-esque Don't Wanna, and so on. Maybe derivative and borderline plagiarizing, but at least intriguing. Haim seem suddenly in love with the singer-songwriters of the 1970s. Witness the propulsive Joni Mitchell-esque Los Angeles and Man from the Magazine (the former heavily arranged, the latter purely acoustic and drum-less), the acoustic Gordon Lightfoot-esque lullabye Hallelujah, and the dreamy jazz of Summer Girl with traces of Lou Reed, perhaps their best arrangement yet.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Willow)


La band Haim, composta dalle sorelle Este, Danielle ed Alana e formatasi a Los Angeles, debuttò con il generico dance pop di Days Are Gone (2013), album prodotto da Ariel Rechtshaid e pubblicizzato sia negli Stati Uniti sia in Europa ben oltre i suoi meriti (inesistenti). Conteneva poco più di sincopato funk-soul-pop (Days Are Gone). La hit The Wire suona come un Michael Jackson se fosse il frontman di una band blues rock.


Una produzione pomposa rese chiaro a chi attribuire il merito per il loro secondo album, Something to Tell You (2017). Da qui il suono chiassoso e denso di Right Now, che suona come What About Love delle Heart ma senza i riff di chitarra, e Want You Back, che sarebbe altrimenti soltanto una ballad gospel-pop. Rostam Batmanglij, ex membro dei Vampire Weekend, ha co-scritto e co-prodotto le delicate litanie Kept Me Crying e Walking Away.


Sorprendentemente, Women in Music Pt. III (2020), interamente prodotto da Rostam Batmanglij, mise in mostra un po’ di musicalità e anche un po’ di ispirazione. Se la ballad sonnolenta I Know Alone e la Prince-esca 3am non vanno oltre la sala cocktail, diversi brani esplorano un territorio ben più vasto: il country pop crudo di The Steps, con un riff di chitarra à la George Harrison, e soprattutto la orecchiabile canzonetta reggae Another Try in stile UB40; il folk rock etereo di Gasoline, la Taylor Swift-esca Don’t Wanna, e così via. Probabilmente derivativo e al limite del plagio, ma se non altro intrigante. Le Haim sembrano essersi improvvisamente innamorate dei cantautori degli anni Settanta. Notate le propulsive Los Angeles e Man from the Magazine à la Joni Mitchell (la prima pesantemente arrangiata, la seconda puramente acustica e priva di percussioni), la acustica ninna nanna Hallelujah à la Gordon Lightfoot, e il jazz sognante di Summer Girl con tracce di Lou Reed, forse il loro migliore arrangiamento finora.

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