- 26 Jun 20
LA trio deliver their best album yet.
Haim have had enough of trying to prove their worth to a crowd that views them as a token “girl band”. Their third studio album, aptly named Women In Music Pt. III, captures their frustrations, confidence and insecurities over a backdrop of classic rock-inspired indie jams. It offers a clear evolution in sound, moving away from the pop influences on their last record to something edgier and ultimately more earnest.
The record is dripping with emotion as the trio tackle topics like depression, romance, sexuality and sexism. There’s no messing around – each track tells a clear-cut story, sometimes tinged with candid expletives. The two-minute ‘Man From The Magazine’ proves the most biting tune, as Danielle sings about being objectified by men.
Haim’s approach to love songs is introspective, reflecting on personal flaws and warped expectations. ‘Gasoline’ is one of their best tracks about romance to date, with the simple guitar refrain gradually becoming absolutely mesmeric.
The influence of producer and ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij is unmistakable: the tinges of brass, strings, and bright guitars are reminiscent of VW’s debut, giving the record a warm and sunny feel. Elsewhere, Batmanglij’s flair for electronic production also brings a new dimension to the group’s sound.
As they switch between sombre songs and more upbeat, danceable tracks, it’s clear that the Haim sisters absolutely love what they’re doing - and Women In Music Pt. III is their best work yet.