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CD of The Week

Week of 7/10/17

    Haim - Something To Tell You (Columbia)

    Haim garnered waves of critically-acclaimed musical success for Days Are Gone, their debut full-length album. Ever since their flawless harmonies first surfaced, fans have been patiently, eagerly waiting for new music from the three Southern Californian sisters. Four years later and the trio has released Something To Tell You, their much-anticipated follow-up album. 

    Something to Tell You leads with "Want You Back," a strong and suitable anthem for sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este. The music video for this track shows the Haim sisters in their natural element, casually strolling and dancing down a Southern California palm-tree lined street. Simply put, "Want You Back" is a tenacious track, proving that Haim is back.

    The album has a diverse range of elements. Hints of folk-rock and a retro ambiance ring through in "Nothing's Wrong." The recognizable harmonies from the sibling trio are more than prevalent on "Little of Your Love" and "You Never Knew." The string section on "Found It In Silence" creates a poetic sound on the track and "Walking Away" could even be classified as synth pop.

    In a recent NPR interview, the band revealed there are a few connecting songs on the album that create a mini-series. Title track "Something To Tell You" is the second and upbeat part of "Nothing's Wrong," while "Found In Silence" is the sequel to "Walking Away." Something To Tell You is a throwback album that takes doo-wop influences, vintage vibes (dominant on songs such as "Kept Me Crying") and old-school soul sounds, showcased especially on the final track of the album, "Night So Long."

    This record is a duel manifest – about three sisters on tour and three people navigating the realities of a relationship. One thing is blatantly clear - the ultra-strong harmonies and steady smooth vocals of Haim have returned in a timeless and invigorating way.

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    Review by Gina Rullo

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