We’ve been waiting four never-ending years until Haim the band finally published their sophomore album Something To Tell You this summer. Was it worth the wait?
The album cover shows three young women: The sisters Danielle, Este and Alana Haim rock their orange-tinted sunglasses like the rest of their 70s inspired outfits while giving us a patronizing look. Don’t judge an album by its cover, even when it seems to be a bit intimidating. They were probably joking around when this photo captured the moment. All of these impressively stunning photographs are taken by Photographer Laura Jane Coulson.
Eleven tracks whisk us away into a world of smooth 70s rock, R&B and poppy-electronic 80s style that will probably remind you of a mix between Fleetwood Mac, Destiny’s Child and Michael Jackson. Yeah, that’s right.
When you listen to HAIM’s music, you can always be for sure that you will hear weirdly cool noises (gasping, a fax machine, Taylor Swift’s echo in the background of the track Something To Tell you?!).
In comparison to the mostly upbeat music on this album, the lyrics intend to tell us about more serious topics. Every one of the sisters seems to find herself in a different situation – whether it’s heartbreak, finding and losing love, or giving us a retrospective view of what she has learned.
Just know that I want you back
Just know that I want you
I’ll take the fall and the fault in us
I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you
Want You Back – the first song of the album makes a bold start. There is no way you can stand or sit still when you listen to it. The echoes and wide-ranged sounds give us an impression of space and freedom which contrasts to the wish “I want you back” and the changing sound during the chorus. Today I was in the middle of nowhere on the tempelhofer feld in Berlin (I decided to go running – I totally forgot how exhausting it is). I found myself dancing weird routines while listening to this track. I just couldn’t help myself.
You’re just another recovering heart
I wasn’t even gonna try
You wouldn’t even give up time
Could be so easy, you make it hard
Don’t think about love too much
My love is gonna be enough
Little Of Your Love – this is one of my favorite tracks on the album. The catchy beat invites us to dance, the polyphonic singing makes you sing along as loud as you can.
‘Cause I got something to tell you, but I don’t know why – It’s so hard to let you know that we’re not seeing eye to eye – Because I know if I tell you that everything’s alright – Oh, we could stay in this moment, I’d never say goodbye – Oh, I’ll never say goodbye
I could probably go on and on with this list, but I got something to tell you: you need to listen to this album right now and make your own, beautiful opinion about it. Let’s salute to Michael Jackson while we are dancing wildly and let’s reminisce about heartbreak while we are singing to songs that give us such a nostalgic feeling of Fleetwood Mac.
@haimtheband @daniellehaim @estehaim @babyhaim I got something to tell you right now: you kept me crying when I realized you are not playing live in Berlin. I want to be able to say ‘I want you back’, I just want a little of your love. Nothing’s wrong with that. I’m ready for you, you never knew. I found it in silence, while I was walking away. Don’t make this night so long.
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