Haim: Days Are Gone

6 Dec

A while ago a friend had asked me for a recommendation and I sold him this album saying that it reminded me very much of Fleetwood Mac. He naturally asked if they have a Stevie Nicks. “They’re three sisters”, I told him, “and they’re all Stevie Nicks.” Convincing though that argument is, it undersells the band quite shamefully. Days Are Gone, their debut album is the most likeable thing that I’ve heard in a long time.

Indie rock and pop have a tendency toward snobbishness. There comes a point where in the quest for cool, they substitute irony for intellectualism. That is not Haim. This album revels in the hits of the past three decades, unashamedly drawing from such Top 40 mainstays as Phil Collins, En Vogue and Shania Twain and they do so excellently. The album is much glossier pop than their live shows, but the gloss of a fine polish and not cheap plastic. This album has had years of work put into it and shows every bit.

Despite the influences and despite the sheen, the album and the band simply overflow with personality. Falling is as much fun to watch as to listen to and the music video for The Wire is most amusing. From soft rock to R&B to synthpop, this band does it all and makes it look effortless.

As long as you like listening to music more than posturing over it, this is an album that you cannot help but enjoy.

6 Responses to “Haim: Days Are Gone”


  1. The Top Five Songs of 2013: Neeharika | Top Five Records - December 23, 2013

    […] View our full album review here. […]

  2. The Top Five Songs of 2013: Nikhil’s List | Top Five Records - December 26, 2013

    […] hard to think of the last time that things have been quite this interesting. There have been stellar debut albums and big name comebacks (including a return to Blue Note bandleader after no less than […]

  3. The Top Five Albums of 2013 – Nikhil’s List | Top Five Records - December 30, 2013

    […] already put Falling on our album review and Days Are Gone on Neeharika’s Top Five Songs of the year, so for this list you get […]

  4. The Top Five Albums of 2013: Neeharika’s List | Top Five Records - December 31, 2013

    […] sounds like it should have been a famous hit already. On their debut Days Are Gone (full review here), Haim have managed pay perfect homage to a discography spanning synth-heavy hits from the late 70s […]

  5. Haim at The Fillmore, SF (10/4/2014) | Top Five Records - April 15, 2014

    […] should be quite clear by now that we at Top Five Records really like Haim. Our review had nothing but love, they made Neeharika’s top five albums of 2013 and mine as well. […]

  6. Ex Hex: Rips | Top Five Records - October 25, 2014

    […] As we wrote about last year’s trio of darling women rockers Haim, Ex Hex is blessed with a sense of what works. Unlike Haim, however, Ex Hex’s members have gained this sense over decades of successful work. In a way, that’s what sets Rips apart: although it is a debut, its comfort and confidence give it the aura of a record that is years and years in the making. […]

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