Alana, Este and Danielle Haim were raised on rock from the 1970s and early '80s, especially songs by female icons like Pat Benetar and Stevie Nicks. The sisters put a spin on this tradition on their debut album, adding R&B grooves and a goofy irreverence that's all their own.
Opening track "Falling" shows the group's mastery of catchy rhythms. The lyrics' syllables are delivered in an addictive slow-fast-slow pattern. Meanwhile, the song's title is shouted melodically, providing syncopated accompaniment that begs fans to yell along. With a call to "never look back, never give up," this song should attract fans of Katy Perry-style optimism, as long as they're willing to trade bubbly cheer for shadowy synths.
Powered by a stabbing bassline, "Let Me Go" explores romantic ambivalence. The track's dark, entrancing vocals and tribal-sounding drums bring to mind Florence & the Machine, but with streaks of guitar reverb. With a touch of vulnerability, closing tune "Running If You Call My Name" will make you run to pick up this album.