HAIM's latest is Women in Music Pt. III and it's a weird mash up of everything imaginable in modern music. There's a little hip hop, a little R&B, a little alternative, a little classic rock, a little indie, a lot of pop and even a little bit of country. The album features a little bit of everything, but the record doesn't feature as much quality as we've seen from The Haim sisters in the past.
Este, Danielle and Alana Haim are remarkable musicians on every level. They're amazing songwriters and vocalists, but they're also multi-instrumentalists and savvy producers too. That said, Women in Music Pt. III is just kind of average. There's nothing here to blow you away as far as hooks go and that's kind of where HAIM does their best work - catchy music. There's not a song like "The Wire" or "Little of Your Love" - those songs feature catchy elements all over the place. These songs... there's just something about them that doesn't draw you in like the trio's previous outings. "The Steps" is a cool song - it's probably the coolest song on the record - and it features an intro that's highly reminiscent of 70's rock. Then it takes all the momentum that it gets from the first 30 seconds, hangs out for 2 minutes until it casually rolls down to completion. There's some magic there, it's just not as much as we've grown accustomed to with this band. This album is filled with songs just like that. Songs you'll enjoy and that are easy to listen to, but songs you feel don't ever realize their true potential either. There's a lot here to like but there's only a bit to love.
The release also underwhelms through no fault of the band. The delay in its release puts some added pressure to it and the lack of notable releases really puts it into the spotlight too. It's unfair to judge this album for what it's expected to be instead of what it is, - yet here we are.
There's a lot of good music on HAIM's latest, that's to be expected. Really there's not a moment here that's bad, there's just not a lot here that's going to be memorable to casual listeners of the Haim sisters. HAIM's 16 track album is worth checking out. If you're fan of their previous work you're going to love it, if not, you'll probably just find this to be a middling pop release.