Track Review: Want You Back by Haim

By Nicola Roy (@circaslaves)

The only thing more difficult than trying to pronounce Haim was the four-year gap in their catalogue we had to endure after they dropped Days Are Gone in 2013: a nostalgic and summery debut that set the bar for their next endeavor extremely high; perhaps a little too high.

Want You Back is the lead single from their forthcoming album, Something To Tell You, available July 7th. At first listen, it’s everything you would expect from the Haim sisters- a groovy bass line, fast-paced and high-pitched harmonies and a swelling chorus rife with backing vocals. So much so that this could easily be another single from their debut; after waiting for so long, it’s a little underwhelming that their sound, albeit a unique one, hasn’t developed that much since 2013. It is clear that they are taking on a more 90’s, stripped-back sound than in their previous record- the three-chord melody and skittering hi-hat are features that, although they cropped up a lot in Days Are Gone, have been moulded to create an understated yet slightly boring track.

Having said that, the song itself is catchy and cleverly written, with Danielle singing about an attempt to win back an ex after a break-up. ‘I’ll give you all the love I never gave before I left you‘, she pleads over a hand-clapping beat. It’s a ballad, for sure, but with a fresh and radio-friendly makeover that makes it easy and fun to appreciate, and also incredibly difficult to get out of your head.

It’s the comeback we have all been waiting for, yet it leaves the listener feeling like they’ve just missed the mark of what could have potentially been a very successful summer staple. But again, this is only the first single; Haim could be about to reclaim their dusty space at the table and fill our summer with a handful of great tunes that we know they are more than capable of.

5/10


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NEWS: Hail Haim! Band Set To Release New Music

Sister act Haim have teased fans on social media with the promise of showing off new music from their upcoming LP.

Just like all music news nowadays, Twitter has been the source of this story. Haim shared a video on the social media site where one of the sisters states that they have”just been in the studio for so long—like, perfecting and trying to get it right”.

Not only did they tease new music but also a tour, no doubt to promote it. In the same video, the band say “at this point, we just wanna go out there and play the songs live”, meaning those lucky enough to be going to Reading + Leeds may very well be in for a treat when Haim play on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

It’s been nearly three years since the act graced the rock scene with Days Are Gone, a pop infused release that went down well with fans and critics alike, resulting in the band gracing festival lineups everywhere.