Song of the Day #3,478: ‘Want You Back’ – Haim

Haim’s ‘Want You Back’ is the simplest video of the ten I’m featuring but also one of the most compelling.

The clip features a single shot of the three sisters walking down a completely empty Ventura Boulevard in their hometown Los Angeles at dawn, occasionally pulling off some subtle dance moves but mostly just looking simultaneously goofy and cool.

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Song of the Day #1,970: ‘The Wire’ – Haim

haim_days_are_goneBest Songs of 2013 – #20

I find about half of Haim’s debut album addictive. They have a great sound and a cool retro Fleetwood Mac vibe that serves their songs well.

The other half is repetitive to the point of annoyance, a tic they fall back on too often. Even in today’s song, which I otherwise love, the sisters repeat the chorus in the outro a few too many times.

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Song of the Day #1,950: ‘Forever’ – Haim

haim_days_are_goneArtists face more pressure these days to be great right out of the gate.

Most acts who’ve been around for awhile got the chance to stumble through an album or two finding their way before delivering their defining work. I don’t think the current landscape affords that space to grow.

I bring that up in reference to Haim, the much-hyped L.A.-based trio — because I find myself disappointed they didn’t crush it on this first album. Shouldn’t I cut them a little slack?

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Song of the Day #1,789: ‘Falling’ – Haim

haimHaim (rhymes with “time”) are a trio of twenty-something sisters who hail from Los Angeles. They’ve been around since 2006 but it wasn’t until the end of 2012 that they released their debut album and begin to catch the attention of critics and audiences alike.

They have been compared to Fleetwood Mac, which I definitely hear in today’s SOTD (this song could have fit right on to Tango in the Night). This is the second new band I've seen draw comparisons to Fleetwood Mac in recent weeks — I guess that 70s folk pop sound is resurgent.

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