ALBUM REVIEW: Haim – Something To Tell You
Is there anything better than empowering sister indie pop-rock? The answer is no. Este, Alana and Danielle are three Los Angeles sisters who had you falling in love with them in 2013 when they released their debut album “Days Are Gone”. Four years later and they have finally released their sophomore studio album but things have changed since they first came on the scene. They are no longer the underdogs that are trying to prove themselves and that sadly comes across in their new music. They know exactly the formula they need to re-create to stay relevant and continue having success which makes the songs on this album quite predictable. And predictable becomes boring. Lead single and album opener “Want You Back” sounds like every Haim song in existence and I guess it’s great to be familiar but this is just way too similar. “Nothings Wrong” is less pop focused and takes it back to their very early roots musically. “Ready For You” and “Something To Tell You” follow this trend and become those songs you wanna hear live at a festival. “Little Of Your Love” is a cringe-worthy doo-woop meets country song that I wouldn’t have been surprised to have heard on a Meghan Trainor album. They further explore that sound with the heavily country influenced “You Never Knew” which was a lot stronger musically and lyrically. But they experiment with more production strengths with the string lead “Found It In Silence” and the emotionally raw “Right Now” which are the two strongest tracks in this collection. “Kept Me Crying” and “Night So Long” are predictable and boring and worth a skip. Sorry about it. But “Walking Away” was one of my instant favourites because of how different it was. It has this giant RNB influence in the production whilst still adding their unique Haim sound. It was during this song that I was finally like “YES, this is what I was waiting for”. The whole album pretty much revolves around the production structure of verse, chorus, verse, chorus, breakdown, chorus. And the whole production breakdown thing was cool the first and second time but then it got old pretty quickly. It’s obvious they are trying to create an arena and festival ready sound which they’ve successfully done but they’ve also become predictable at the same time. It’s a mixed album of great moments with tragically relatable lyrics and then on the other side of the spectrum just boring songs that you wish had more individuality. The one constant great thing about this album is that they still have their epic sister indie pop-rock harmonies and empowering vibes in tact which is what made you fall in love with them in the first place.