These three sisters from Cali have won my heart. What to make of their new album, though?
Well, it's a bit corny. And it's a bit cheesy, but in the best possible way really. I wish this album had dropped this summer, because it's a perfect summer album. It's pretty upbeat and if I danced, it'd be to this kind of folk/r&b music.
I do not dance, and it's always summer in Phoenix. LET'S NOT KID OURSELVES.
Anyway, they play Phoenix on Oct. 19. I will be there.
So, let's do this! In the spirit of what I did with Oh Land and Wild Belle, let's dissect this track by track. P.S. this album came out today! I am so on the ball.
Yes, I am a sucker for a band with a pretty girl! I know; I see the pattern too.
1.) "Falling"- Hands down, an awesome track. This is like the song the 1980s forgot. And it's totally empowering. If you don't get into this song, there is a cucumber where there should be a heart. Asshole. A+
2.) "Forever"- Not as great as the previous track, but very memorable. And, if hip-jerking was a word, THIS would be it. Haim's choruses kill me. Their harmonies? Splendid. A+
3.) "The Wire"- This even has handclaps! This reminds me of that "Rocky Mountain" song by Joe Walsh. Very catchy. A
4.) "If I Could Change Your Mind"- This is a little more of a dramatic r&b ballad than the other tracks. The lead vocalist is trying to be a young Whitney Houston here. A+
5.) "Don't Save Me"- I wish I could have sex with this song in a bathroom stall. No, seriously! This song is awesome. A+
6.) "Honey & I"- Sounding a lot like the Mac when Christina McVie has lead vocals here. Probably my least favorite song here- it's too saccharine. B
7.) "Days Are Gone"- I almost see hand gestures to this song in my mind. Kind of a nice departure, as another sister has taken over vocals. Actually all three sisters- Danielle, Este and Alana- all switch vocals here. HOT. A+
8.) "My Song #5"- This is the weirdest track. But it's kind of cool how it builds up. And the r&b influence here is so strong. It's arguably the most experimental track here, which is commendable. However, I think it falls somewhat flat. A-
9.) "Go Slow"- Slow jamz time. The harmonies on "heat" are incredible. "Heat, heat, heat." This has 1985 top 40 single all over it. B+
10.) "Let Me Go"- This one is rightfully more somber than the other tracks. It almost seems like it has a Native American influence. It's awe-inducing. And the percussion! And the percussion. AND THE PERCUSSION. "I gave you everything I could give you." Girl, I hear you. Now you are a husk, It blows. A
11.) "Running If You Call My Name"- Meh. This is pretty cheese-tastic. B-
Seriously! It's that good! Check it out NOW!