Haim’s debut album was eagerly anticipated after they released the ‘Forever’ EP on their website in early 2012, and were named by the BBC Sound of 2013 poll as the year’s most promising act. Their recipe of guitar driven pop-rock and sunny sibling harmonies, backed with dance-able beats and studio candy is likable, and the trio take flight when those glorious harmonies hit, like on the title track or ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’. Due to the long gestation, four songs from the album were released as singles before the album itself was released, and it’s tempting to look on Days Are Gone as a singles and filler album.
Days Are Gone is front-loaded, and the first four songs were all singles, including ‘Falling’, the bluesy guitar of ‘The Wire’, and ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’, which sounds like perfect 1970s AM Radio pop, but with percussion that takes inspiration from more modern R&B and pop. ‘Honey & I’ has a low-key harmonised feel that’s a little reminiscent of a Christine McVie track from Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, while the album’s most left-field track, the synthetic, rhythmic ‘My Song 5’ works because it draws attention to the group’s vocals.
Days Are Gone is an assured debut, full of fun ear candy, even if it drags a little towards the end.