Haim // Something to Tell You
Haim delivers an album that's about as cohesive as the jukebox playing at your local bar.
Something to Tell You
On Haim's sophomore full-length, Something to Tell You, the band of sisters deliver an album that's about as cohesive as the jukebox playing at your local bar. And that's not a bad thing here; in fact, it's Haim's commitment to experimentation that makes the album such a pleasure to listen to. Just put a quarter in and you may hear "Want You Back," a single that combines the '80s worship of Tegan and Sara's Love You to Death with the recent electronic flourishes of The 1975, or perhaps you'll hear "Nothing's Wrong" or "Ready For You," a pair of radio-ready tracks that recall the songwriting of Fleetwood Mac while experimenting with Bon Iver-esque vocal distortion during their respective bridges. And that's all within the first four tracks; from ballads to brass sections and even unique time signatures, it's all here, and it makes for one of the most invigorating listens of the year. If that's the reason it took Haim four years to come back from the critically acclaimed retro-pop of Days Are Gone, it's well worth the wait. — Aaron Mook