It took Haim four years to follow up their debut, and it follows the same pop/rock formula of their debut. It doesn’t add depth – again, the best songs are generally the hookiest – and it’s even smoother and less edgy than their debut. It’s also more studio-oriented than their debut, and the studio candy can sometimes come across a little heavy handed – the electronic voice manipulation on tracks like ‘Ready For You’ is initially distracting.
Opening track and single ‘Want You Back’ is the kind of effervescent pop fluff that Haim excel at, laden with harmonies and Este’s slap bass. There are other smooth, enjoyable pop songs like ‘Little Of Your Love’ and ‘You Never Knew’, but the record’s most interesting when they stretch out with more interesting arrangements. ‘Kept Me Crying’ features a subdued arrangement that’s little more than handclaps behind the vocals until the guitar solo hits. Something To Tell You grows calmer and more atmospheric towards the end. ‘Right Now’ is beautiful, while ‘Night So Long’ is stark with the mournful vocals backed by a cavernous guitar.
While it isn’t necessarily a step forward for the band, it’s not a step backwards either – Something To Tell You is a well constructed pop album that lacks the freshness of Days Are Gone, but is equally rewarding.