Haim – Women In Music Pt. III - 2020 Pop Rock - Sealed 2LP
Haim – Women In Music Pt. III
Columbia – 19439748311
2 × Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album
NEW COPY SEALED
Lacquer Cut By – CB
Mastered By – Emily Lazar
Mastered By [Assisted By] – Chris Allgood
26 Jun 2020
A1 Los Angeles
A2 The Steps
A3I Know Alone
A4 Up From A Dream
B2 3 AM
B3 Don't Wanna
B4 Another Try
C1 Leaning On You
C2 I've Been Down
C3 Man From The Magazine
C4 All That Ever Mattered
D 2 Summer Girl (Video Version)
D3 Now I'm In It (Video Version)
Violin – Julian Maclanahan
Violin, Viola – Rob Moose
Vocals – Alana Haim, Este Haim
Written-By – Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim, Tobias Jesso Jr.
Design – Marek Polewski, Maria Paula Marulanda
Photography By, Art Direction – Erica Frauman, Florencia Martin, Paul Thomas Anderson, Sergie Loobkoff
Producer – Ariel Rechtshaid, Danielle Haim, Rostam Batmanglij
(pitchfork) " On the stomping country-rock of “I’ve Been Down,” she sings about taping up the windows of her house, adding sardonically, “But I ain’t dead yet.” Elsewhere, the sisters cut and paste the most offensive interview questions they’ve faced from music journalists (“Do you make the same faces in bed?”) into a candid folk song that channels the spirit of Joni Mitchell.
Danielle was also inspired by André 3000’s solo album The Love Below, an exploratory record that sewed together disparate genres with uninhibited slapstick humor. While WIMPIII is more theatrical than Haim have been before—there’s the gasp that opens the underwater rock song “Up From a Dream,” the “you up?” voicemail skits on “3 AM”—the most obvious similarity is in the band’s newfound musical fluidity.
With signature production touches from Rostam throughout, these songs shift gears, often eschewing Haim's usual summery rock to find the right genre for the mood, sometimes containing different shades within the same track. “All That Ever Mattered” peppers Danielle’s vocals with distorted screams and a mumbled interjection of “fuck no,” before pirouetting away into a glam-rock guitar solo. “3 AM” and “Another Try” flirt with falsetto-driven funk and R&B, and “I Know Alone,” a song about depression-scrolling and sleeping through the day, contains dusty echoes of UK garage.
Not every song feels like a pioneering event. “Don’t Wanna” could have lived on any of Haim’s three albums: a tight pop-rock song built around an irrepressible guitar lick and an oblique story of a relationship in trouble.
But their most exciting trips go off the beaten path, like the crystalline sad banger “Now I’m in It”—a song that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Taylor Swift’s Lover. This may be the first Haim album that steps out of its retro groove long enough to draw parallels with other contemporary pop music, specifically Rechtshaid and Danielle’s recent work with Vampire Weekend. Having long since proven their chops when it comes to writing a breezy 1970s-style rock song, they now sound comfortable enough within their niche to push beyond it.
WIMPIII is bookended by two songs about L.A., both featuring a saxophone and wistful “doot-do-do” backing vocals. On the first, “Los Angeles,” Danielle describes falling out of love with her hometown. But in the final song, “Summer Girl”—while its melody hits a similarly melancholic vein—she interpolates Lou Reed as she sings about the relief of coming home to L.A. from tour to be with her partner. She’s anguished when she sings that she’s “thinking ’bout leaving” the city, but hushed and reverent on a later line when she reflects on how much she misses it: “L.A. on my mind, I can’t breathe.” Placed beside each other, the two songs take on new dimensions. It’s Haim as we haven’t quite heard them before: not just eminently proficient musicians, entertainers, and “women in music,” but full of flaws and contradictions, becoming something much greater."