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Album Review: Women In Music Pt. III by HAIM

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HAIM is a pop-rock band from California. The band is composed of three sisters, all with the last name of Haim. They all grew up with a musical background and now have three studio albums under their belt. After releasing a series of EP's and singles, they finally released their third studio album in late June, Women In Music Pt. III.

The first track from the album is Los Angeles. The track opens up with a quick saxophone part, then it gets into the singing part, as well as a catchy guitar riff. Since the group grew up in Los Angeles, they wanted to have a song dedicated to the city they're from. Growing up, they said that LA had a negative reputation and that most music came from New York City. The track ends with some vocal harmonies.

The Steps brings us back to some 70s/80s classic rock guitars. While the guitar riffs are pretty simple, it gives a laid back feeling to the track. According to the group, this track has to do with the entire mood or feeling of the album. The track, as well as the album, is guitar-driven and they really wanted to show that off on this track.

I Know Alone starts off with a simple opening vocal with a few plucked bass notes. After the opening, the beat is a little more electronic in nature with the drumkit and almost synth-like notes. While this track was written around the same time as their first track, they mentioned that this is about coming out of a dark place. They also mention the feeling of being alone and talking about the late-night drives they used to take just to clear the mind.

Up From A Dream opens up with a yawn that ends up getting reverbed to make a strange sound effect. After that, the track opens up with a bass groove that is repeated throughout the track. Besides the soothing harmonies during the chorus, there's a loud and ecstatic electric guitar solo that erupts in the middle of the track. The end of the track has a similar feeling to the beginning of the track Time by Pink Floyd since it ends with blaring alarms. Despite being a quick track for them to write, it's super catchy and one of my favorite tracks.

Gasoline opens up with some simplistic piano and guitar hooks. The track does eventually grow in volume during the chorus, but the verses are laid back and casual. The trio said that the track was originally slower, but when they sped it up, it gave the track more life and a funk feeling to it. I definitely agree that the fast pace of this track does this track justice.

3 AM opens up with a fictitious voicemail from a guy that is trying to 'booty call' this girl. The group verified that this track is in fact about a 'booty call.' It's definitely an upbeat track, but it doesn't really have a serious meaning to it. The track ends with the same guy that started the track off with his voicemail.

Don't Wanna was another promotional single for the album. This track was originally written on piano, but then they decided to use the other instruments to give it more spice. It came out from a drunken late-night jam. The lyrics tell us that she doesn't want to give up on this person, which could refer to a relationship.

Another Try opens up with a simple drumbeat. After that, the vocals come in and a high note that is played on the offbeat. Something is somewhat reminiscent of reggae music. Alana Haim said this is about the love of her life. Even though they have a complicated relationship, they ended up getting engaged a week after the track was finished. She's still hopeful that they will work out, assuming they aren't engaged anymore.

When HAIM first created Leaning On You, it was centered around a guitar, so they decided to keep that acoustic feeling when recording the track. While I don't have any complaints from the song itself, I just don't feel like it fits into the album, but maybe that's just me since I don't find anything appealing from it.

I've Been Down is the first sub-three minute track from the album. The track just has this raw feeling to it with the vocals and the laid back guitar. It also sounds like something you might have heard in 90s music. Danielle Haim said that singing this track just felt right for her and that saying "I've been down" had been therapeutic for her.

Now we come to Man from the Magazine which is the shortest track from the album. It clocks in just a little over two minutes in length. Besides the opening counting in, the track is a short acoustic track. This track talks about how women feel when it comes to the music industry and how they get treated differently just because they're female. They mention how when men make faces while singing, no one mentions it, but when females do, it's looked down upon.

All That Ever Mattered is another short track, just two and a half minutes in length. They said that this is one of their more experimental tracks from the album. Besides the electronic like feeling to it, it seems like there's someone screaming in the background during the chorus. They're definitely giving off the chaotic feeling that they wanted to portray. The ending guitar riff is entertaining though.

The last track from the album (excluding the bonus tracks) is FUBT. FUBT is an acronym for 'Fucked Up But True.' While it's mainly just a repeated guitar riff, it really adds volume to the rawness in their voices. The track talks about being in an abusive relationship, but not knowing how to get out of it.

Definitely check out the last three bonus tracks! They are a great addition to listen to if you have the time.
Overall Rating: 7/10
Favorite Tracks: Los Angeles, Up From A Dream, I've Been Down, FUBT, Summer Girl

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