Days Are Gone

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All Music Guide
Days Are Gone is the debut album from American soft rock outfit Haim. The trio of sisters display the talents that saw them voted BBC's Sound of 2013 winners and appear on the Glastonbury main stage that year. They worked with studio heavyweights James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence + the Machine) and Ariel Rechtsaid (Vampire Weekend, Usher) to combine their shimmering pop hooks with their contemporary R&B influences that run through singles "Falling" and "The Wire.,"
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Days Are Gone is the debut album from American soft rock outfit Haim. The trio of sisters display the talents that saw them voted BBC's Sound of 2013 winners and appear on the Glastonbury main stage that year. They worked with studio heavyweights James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence + the Machine) and Ariel Rechtsaid (Vampire Weekend, Usher) to combine their shimmering pop hooks with their contemporary R&B influences that run through singles "Falling" and "The Wire.,"
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888837709729
  • Catalog Number: 377097
  • Sales rank: 2,211

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Falling (4:17)
  2. 2 Forever (4:05)
  3. 3 The Wire (4:05)
  4. 4 If I Could Change Your Mind (3:50)
  5. 5 Honey & I (4:11)
  6. 6 Don't Save Me (3:51)
  7. 7 Days Are Gone (3:33)
  8. 8 My Song 5 (3:53)
  9. 9 Go Slow (4:17)
  10. 10 Let Me Go (4:08)
  11. 11 Running If You Call My Name (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Haim Primary Artist
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Ariel Rechtshaid Synthesizer, Guitar, Background Vocals, Noise, fender rhodes, Mbiri
James Ford Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Will Canzoneri Clavinet, fender rhodes
Este Haim Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Alana Haim Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Danielle Haim Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmy Robertson Engineer
David Schiffman Engineer
Ariel Rechtshaid Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Simmons, Additional Production
Emily Lazar Mastering
James Ford Composer, Producer
Morgan Nagler Composer, Lyricist
Kid Harpoon Composer
Morgan Stratton Engineer
Ludwig Goransson Producer
Nick Rowe Engineer
Jessie Ware Composer
Este Haim Composer, Producer
Alana Haim Composer, Producer
Danielle Haim Composer, Producer
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