Maybe my expectations were too high.
Haim has released their latest album, Something To Tell You, and maybe my expectations were too high. I want to make it clear, I am not saying that the album is bad, because it definitely is not bad. The thing is, I’m not sure if I listened to 11 individual tracks or one long-running song. What I’m saying is, HAIM discovered what works for them and they’ve gotten comfortable with their formula. (I just re-read what I wrote and it makes it sound like I hate them. I do not hate them.)
I am a new HAIM fan. I started listening to them after Este’s bass face was trending on twitter after their SNL performance and immediately I became obsessed. I listened to their debut album for a week straight and watched almost every one of their LIVE performances on YouTube. I was ecstatic that I discovered them right when they were about to release new music; I was excited, I was anticipating and I felt somewhat ready for the new musical experience.
Something To Tell You is an album about relationships; relationships beginning, growing, ending, relationships with yourself and though relatable the album feels repetitive. Not repetitive with the subject matter (because they do bring their own perspective into each song), the format of the songs seems familiar. Their 80’s pop rock sound leads the album, the album is full of songs that will make you dance in your seat (“Ready for You”, “Want You Back”) while giving you songs that’ll make you feel emotional (“Found It In Silence”, “Something To Tell You”). If you can move past the fact that the songs sound alike, the songs start to grow on you.
My favorite song of the album is “Kept Me Crying”, the song is heartbreakingly-relatable and this section of lyrics is what stood out:
I was your lover
I was your friend
Now I’m only just someone you call
When it’s late enough to forget
Undoubtedly, the HAIM sisters are a talented bunch and though it’s taken a few replays to grow on me, I’m truly enjoying the album. Maybe my initial disappoint comes from falling obsessively in love with them before this album dropped. The point is, the album still deserves to be listened to, so get out there and listen; then come back here and let me know what you think.