• Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2013
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
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  1. Oct 1, 2013
    91
    It could be an overstatement to say that if Days Are Gone is any indication of what’s to come for Haim, the band is set.
  2. 88
    Savvy recyclers committed to their own era, they make what worked yesterday work again today.
  3. 11 tracks of stick-to-the-roof-of-your-eardrums music that sounds all at once immediate and laid-back.
  4. Oct 4, 2013
    85
    HAIM bounces from strength to strength on a pop rock journey that hits on nearly 20 years of touch points.
  5. Oct 2, 2013
    85
    With the triumvirate of googly-eyed rhythms, sinfully catchy melodies and a breeziness that seems only fitting, they’ve served up one of the most auspicious debuts of the year.
  6. 83
    Not quite the panacea that will usher in world peace, Days Are Gone is still a remarkable effort.
  7. Sep 30, 2013
    83
    Days Are Gone's is so polished that Haim could easily be seen as clinical and lifeless, but their lighthearted attitude complements their recording rigor.
  8. Oct 4, 2013
    80
    Days Are Gone, their long-in-the-baking debut album, is properly great, sounding effortless and breezy in a way that only something worked over like a jewel can.
  9. Oct 3, 2013
    80
    It’s a taut, punchy album full of winning charm, and blessedly free of cynicism and ego.
  10. Oct 1, 2013
    80
    This is frivolous, immaculate music.
  11. Oct 1, 2013
    80
    It’s not revolutionary, life-changing ‘high art’ but right here, right now Haim’s sassy, enthusiastic, ‘one for all’ joie de vivre feels freshly invigorating, infectious ...basically, a drop o’ the good stuff.
  12. Sep 30, 2013
    80
    Thanks to its overwhelming and triumphant exuberance and the care with which it embraces its palette of influences, Haim has made itself impossible to hate.
  13. Sep 30, 2013
    80
    Those allergic to smooth pop-rock may find Days Are Gone hard going. Paradoxically, given this is an album of clever mash-ups, Haim's one straight-up R&B tune might actually be their best.
  14. Sep 30, 2013
    80
    A debut album that could pass for a greatest-hits collection, Days Are Gone will provide musical comfort food for some, and possibly an introduction to irony-free pop for others.
  15. Sep 30, 2013
    80
    It balances expectations with mystery, aligning their identity with a roulette of vantage points.
  16. 80
    For now, Haim are a rock band who've made one of the best pop albums you'll hear all year.
  17. Sep 27, 2013
    80
    Sure, the sequencing could have used some tweaking, but Days Are Gone is a commendable effort that manages to answer all of the hype.
  18. Sep 27, 2013
    80
    The music is propulsive and upbeat, but executed with the almost blasé confidence of people who sound like they have nothing to prove.
  19. Sep 26, 2013
    80
    For now, Days Are Gone makes them seem an increasingly rare thing: a guitar band heralded as a sure thing, who still feel like a sure thing once you've heard their debut album.
  20. Mojo
    Sep 25, 2013
    80
    Much of Days Are Gone packs bubblegum snare, toe-stubbing synth bass, and contemporised '80s pop trappings that evoke everything from Scritti Politti's Cupid & Psyche 85 to Laura Brannigan's Self Control. [Oct 2013, p.95]
  21. Sep 25, 2013
    80
    There’s a sheen to much of Days Are Gone that can prevent you from delving further. But it’s a minor quibble on the whole, chiefly because the songs are strong enough to keep pulling you in for repeated listens, each hook burying itself deeper and deeper.
  22. 80
    Overall, Days Are Gone showcases the band’s individual strengths that have been pulled together to create a collective group with intensity and depth of potential.
  23. Sep 25, 2013
    80
    Days Are Gone confirms what everybody already knew in fabulous style; that Haim are the band to shout about.
  24. Oct 1, 2013
    75
    The LP is frontloaded with could be Top 10 hits, leaving the back half of the album awash in afterthoughts.
  25. Oct 3, 2013
    70
    Because the surface is so smooth, it takes a listen or two to discover how little depth lies beneath it.
  26. Uncut
    Oct 1, 2013
    70
    Hook-heavy hummability abounds, but most interesting are the newer "My Song" and "Let Me Go"--darkly atmospheric chunks of contemporary R&B/Hip-pop. [Oct 2013, p.68]
  27. Sep 30, 2013
    70
    Their charming debut recalls the dancy side of Eighties Top 40 radio as an AstroTurf Eden of chewy synths, neon-cheese guitar quake and slick, airy melodies.
  28. Sep 25, 2013
    70
    Haim neither flinch nor blush in their directness and neither should you in enjoying Days Are Gone for what it is: unabashed fun.
  29. Sep 25, 2013
    70
    As was the case with Jinx, Days Are Gone benefits from limiting its affections to a single golden era of its genre. It gives the album a sense of cohesiveness when it would have been so easy to create a tangled mess (cf. Everything Everything), so it’s to the band’s great credit that they’ve made something so pleasantly easy to listen to.
  30. Q Magazine
    Jan 27, 2014
    60
    Days Are Gone is a pretty impregnable collection of songs, their alloy of golden Fleetwood Mac melodies and liquid R&B polished to a reflective shine. [Oct 2013, p.103]
  31. Oct 7, 2013
    60
    When it’s all said and done, it’s a bit of a blur, but in the same way that looking back on a good evening might be when you wake up for work a day or two later. You’re glad it happened, but it might not stick with you.
  32. While newer tracks “My Song 5” and “Let Me Go” snag by throwing surprisingly moody shapes, Martika-esque closer “Running if You Call My Name” sounds like something smoothed for A-list romcom duties.
  33. 60
    Okay, but not much more.
  34. Sep 25, 2013
    60
    Stretched to album length, Haim’s shtick grows repetitive and the music is too frequently solid rather than inspired.
  35. Oct 8, 2013
    50
    The lyrics flirt with turmoil--there are lots of songs about holding on or jumping into the fire, and so forth--but don’t really say much of anything.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 205 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 205
  1. Sep 30, 2013
    8
    What a new and a fresh band I like their sounds and they do have a VERY Tasty tunes with a very different musical style... the moment IWhat a new and a fresh band I like their sounds and they do have a VERY Tasty tunes with a very different musical style... the moment I listened to them I became an instant fan Full Review »
  2. Oct 6, 2013
    10
    This band is a breath of fresh air. The harmonies, song structures, melodies, and vocal arranges are absolutely breath-taking! It will keep meThis band is a breath of fresh air. The harmonies, song structures, melodies, and vocal arranges are absolutely breath-taking! It will keep me hooked until their next album. Full Review »
  3. Oct 6, 2013
    8
    Unexpectedly good. Lots of catchy tracks and very cool tunes all the way. It was great fun listening to this album, especially that itUnexpectedly good. Lots of catchy tracks and very cool tunes all the way. It was great fun listening to this album, especially that it reminded me of all the 80's pop that i enjoy. Very excited for this band and their future. Full Review »