HAIM – Days Are Gone (2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

HAIM – Days Are Gone (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 45:17 minutes | 481 MB | Genre: Rock, Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks  | Digital Booklet | © Columbia/Legacy

Days Are Gone is the American pop rock band HAIM’s debut studio album. The record features singles “Forever”, “Don’t Save Me”, “Falling” and “The Wire”. After it’s release the album peaked at number 2 on Billboard‘s US Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts, overall reaching number 6 on Billboard‘s Top 200, and held the number one spot on the UK Albums chart.

There is nothing cool about Haim’s music, and that’s why it’s so refreshing. While many of their contemporaries engaged in a contest to find the most obscure influences, and ’80s revivalists sucked synth-pop and new wave dry, the Haim sisters dug up the decade’s biggest, poppiest sounds and fashioned a captivating debut album out of them. Days Are Gone sounds all the more unusual precisely because it’s so mainstream; a list of their influences – Stevie Nicks, Phil Collins, En Vogue, Shania Twain – looks like a glance at the Top 40 from about 25 years before the album’s release. Likewise, these songs revel in that era’s sometimes-cheesy flourishes without a trace of irony, and the gated drums, gleaming synths, and muted guitars that dominate Days Are Gone haven’t sounded so good since their original heyday. Not that Haim’s approach is unstudied; the trio obviously did their homework to revive and embody these sounds so perfectly, and it took them five years of recording and re-recording these songs until they had just the right mix of smoothness and immediacy. The hard work paid off: Days Are Gone is full of should-be hits like “The Wire,” which boasts a big, fist-pumping beat and sassy guitar licks (they can only be called that). Compared to the thin voices of so many 2010s pop stars, singer Danielle Haim’s rich alto only adds to the group’s throwback feel, but like her sisters, she’s remarkably versatile. Over the course of the album, Haim captures and explores the nuances within the styles they’re reviving: there’s the sweet soft rock of “Honey & I” or “Don’t Save Me,” the title track’s tight synth-pop, and the dark, driving territory of “Let Me Go” and “My Song 5,” which, with its slinky melody and hard-hitting beats, makes the most of the trio’s much-touted R&B influences. This song, along with much of Days Are Gone, features production by Ariel Rechtshaid, whose work with Usher and Vampire Weekend proves he has the breadth to help Haim unite their ideas into a coherent sound. Still, it’s the writing that ultimately prevents Days Are Gone from being just an extremely accurate exercise in nostalgia. The best moments here, such as the bookends “Falling” and “Running If You Call My Name,” would be great pop songs regardless of when they sound like they’re from. A debut album that could pass for a greatest-hits collection, Days Are Gone will provide musical comfort food for some, and possibly an introduction to irony-free pop for others.

01 – Falling
02 – Forever
03 – The Wire
04 – If I Could Change Your Mind
05 – Honey & I
06 – Don’t Save Me
07 – Days Are Gone
08 – My Song 5
09 – Go Slow
10 – Let Me Go
11 – Running If You Call My Name

Este Haim – bass, percussion, vocals
Danielle Haim – drums, guitar, percussion, vocals
Alana Haim – guitar, keyboards, percussion, piano, synthesizer, vocals

Additional Personnel:
Will Canzoneri – clavinet, keyboards
James Ford – guitar, keyboards, percussion
Greg Leisz – pedal steel guitar
Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards
Ariel Rechtshaid – backing vocals, guitar, mbira, noises, synthesizer

Producers: Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim, James Ford, Ludwig Göransson and Ariel Rechtshaid
Recording engineers: Martin Cooke, Nicolas Fournier, Chris Kasych, David Schiffman, Jimmy Robertson, Morgan Stratton, Ariel Rechtshaid, Nick Rowe and Bo Hill (assistant)
Mixing engineer: Rich Costey, Tom Elmhirst, Heiko Huebschmann, Manny Marroquin, Spike, Ben Baptie (assistant), Delbert Bowers (assistant), Dave Emery (assistant), Chris Galland (assistant) and Geoff Swan (assistant)
Mastering engineers: Emily Lazar and Rich Morales (assistant)



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