The sound of their stunningly brilliant debut album Days Are Gone has drawn comparisons with Fleetwood Mac to Joni Mitchell.
Their music is simply terrifically written, performed and arranged. The standout track on the album, sung by sister Danielle, is the pop-funk workout “If I Could Change Your Mind.” Another track, “Honey and I,” specifically references ’60s folk-rock singer Mitchell.
The album’s most dramatic track, “Let Me Go,” builds to a nice climax with a backdrop of classic ’60s girl group harmonies, with a fervent guitar solo providing a nice release during the song.
Haim, means “life” in Hebrew and that theme, whether intentional or not, permeates the record.
The “three sisters, and a mister (drummer Dash Hutton)” have delivered an amazing collection of music; sort of reminds me of last year’s Lana Del Rey album, Born to Die. Totally original and totally cool.
The band also has another parallel with Del Rey. Like the bluesy singer, Haim has received far more publicity overseas than here in the United States.
The California natives played at Great Britain’s 2013 Glastonbury Festival, and came in first in the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll for most promising new act.
They signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation management group, so their profile stateside is on the rise.
Days Are Gone was released Sept. 30, following their new single “The Wire” on July 29. They performed it on SNL last month, along with their other hit “Don’t Save Me.”
Footnote: Hutton is the son of Three Dog Night vocalist Danny Hutton!
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