Meet Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim. The three sisters, along with drummer Dash Hutton, make up indie-pop band Haim (rhymes with “time”). Haim’s soft rock-meets-R&B sound got a nod to Fleetwood Mac by critics in its beginnings. In the band’s debut, Days Are Gone, though, Haim proves to be a loveable group of its own.
Haim comes with a well-formed sound and voice in its debut, from its slick bass grooves, to tight drumbeats and sweet harmonies. Haim also takes its sound to fit bigger, live stages. Take “The Wire,” for instance, with booming drums on cue for the crowd to clap along.
Heartbreaks and break-ups are all over Days Are Gone, but a chorus like “don’t save me/ if you’re love isn’t strong” speaks to the hopeful future. Lead singer Danielle shows no sign of weakness as she lays down her sharp, tough vocals, whether she is getting over the blues or confessing her love.
Haim put out a solid debut without having to compromise its down-home personality. Lucky for us, the Haim sisters are a friendly bunch with a talent that rocks on and off the record.
Album: Days Are Gone
Songs: (1) Falling (2) Forever (3) The Wire (4) If I Could Change Your Mind (5) Honey & I (6) Don't Save Me (7) Days Are Gone (8) My Song 5 (9) Go Slow (10) Let Me Go (11) Running if You Call My Name