Although the product of a relevantly new band, it feels that ‘Days Are Gone’, the debut album from LA act Haim, has been a long time coming.
Foreshadowed by a handful of catchy, radio-overfriendly singles, ‘Days Are Gone’ promised to be an indulgent pop binge for those who like their tunes sweet and without sharp edges.
And on that promise Haim delivers. Most any track from ‘Days Are Gone’ could be lifted as a single or used to soundtrack that pivotal moment in a coming-of-age rom-com when the lead characters decide to follow their hearts despite what their peers think.
This might sound like mocking but it’s not. Haim know their strengths and how to flaunt them. Layered vocals over deep, echo-y drums and plenty of synth build an album abundant in melody and hooks.
Its thick, slick production will have young teenage girls dancing away in front of the mirror thinking they’re Olivia Newton-John circa 1981. But spandex knows no gender and dancing knows no fuddy-duddies.
Haim neither flinch nor blush in their directness and neither should you in enjoying ‘Days Are Gone’ for what it is: unabashed fun.
Words: Marc Zanotti
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