review: something to tell you
The opening notes of Haim’s “Want You Back” softly but firmly fill the air before first slowly and then all of sudden, the sister trio is harmonizing in the forceful yet still sugary chorus. The first song on Haim’s sophomore effort Something to Tell You explores themes of pride. It garners the image of coming back to an old lover, tail between the legs, and ready to mend broken things. Sonically, it hits that sweet spot between folk and pop.
The following track “Nothing’s Wrong” dives deeper into a folk rock sound with a gutsy guitar heavy introduction. It feels like it could’ve been produced in the late 60s or 70s instead of in 2017.
“Little Of Your Love” follows in this vintage theme but provides a danceable chorus that’s purely infectious as the sisters sing “You gotta give me just a little of your love, baby.”
That ex that can’t seem to forget about you and randomly calls out of the blue even gets his own song on Something to Tell You. “I was a lover. I was a friend. Now I'm only just someone you call when it's late enough to forget,” Este, Danielle and Alana Haim sing on “Kept Me Crying.”
While the album explores the themes of relationships that didn’t work out and the emotional journey that comes with them, it remains incredibly upbeat throughout. This sonic rosiness becomes undeniable on “Found It In Silence.” It’s a revelation of a song covered in violin notes and sprinkled with hope.
Just when you think the album is done with the symphonic surprises, the Haim sisters switch genres on “Walking Away.” It’s a sound reminiscent of a 90’s Britney Spears song. Falsetto vocals swim over a slow tempo beat that hits our 90’s girl hearts in all the right places.
More than anything, Haim’s Something To Tell You summarizes the experience of being female. It captures the strength and vulnerability required to wear your heart on your sleeve, to own up to your mistakes and take responsibility for your feelings. This fact combined with the band’s incredible harmonies and instrumental talent make it a quality listen.