Well, it’s one of these things when a band gets rubbed in your face so many times that you finally decide to listen to it just to know what the hell is going on. Admitted, so far, it didn’t work with Lorde, although my mom likes her, but Haim detected my weakness for modern music that sounds like it’s from my childhood (aka the late 80s, early 90s). And boy, do Haim go for the female singer/songwriter sound. Yeah yeah, there’s some Michael Jackson to be found, but the slight country-edge (not folk as Wikipedia likes you to think) also makes room for Meredith Brookes, Martika and Shakespear’s Sister for good measure.
Anyways, I love their sound, it’s quirky, good for dancing and will probably still work when the media-frenzy surrounding them dies down, meaning that this album could be one to stay on party-playlists. And it doesn’t hurt if the Billboard-charts and AC-radios get more female-fronted bands that make their own music (yes, because a real girlband can also potentially write its own music) and they are all sisters which makes them some sort of Kings of Leon-counterpart (hopefully minus the alcohol-issues and downards-spiral sound-wise).
I might create a song-special with bands that sound like they are from the 80s but really aren’t because Twin Shadow, Blood Orange, Haim and Violens injected a real freshness to the retro-fade and yes…it got so far that I started wearing high waist skirts and trousers and blazers with rolled up sleeves…true story.