• Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Jul 7, 2017
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
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  1. 91
    Mostly HAIM zero in on what they do best, and the result is a simple and staggering ode to the joy and craftsmanship of American pop.
  2. Jul 7, 2017
    83
    On Something To Tell You, HAIM’s innate sincerity and musical ambitions finally sync up, resulting in one of the more consistent, cohesive, and enjoyable records of the year.
  3. Jul 13, 2017
    80
    The band is smart, then, to play to their strengths on Something to Tell You: experiments at small scale.
  4. Jul 10, 2017
    80
    Handily, 70s soft rock is a well-worn vector for such feelings. And if there is a nit to pick with Something to Tell You, it is that Haim’s balance of R&B and soft rock has leaned too far in favour of blowsy wallowing, and away from R&B’s clever sonic feints and tough-girl postures.
  5. Jul 7, 2017
    80
    If there is a difference between albums one and two, its the slightly twangier vibes and a structural emphasis on keyboard and guitar breakdowns that could be extendable live. It’s not hard to imagine Something To Tell You translating well to Haim’s amped-up stage show.
  6. Jul 7, 2017
    80
    It’s as if Haim are pulling apart the production strands of their debut, and pitting them against one another. For majority of the time it works, on a surprisingly low-key second album that’s worth spending some time (or rather, Haim?) with.
  7. The end result is a record rooted in the bass flicks, shimmering synths and lovelorn lyrics that defined their debut.
  8. 80
    The record makes you believe in the image in the “Want You Back” video of three women sharing a vivid private language. It also makes you believe that rock might have a future (even if it’s only the genre’s past).
  9. Jun 30, 2017
    80
    The songs have a feel of personal strife, but are so vague that they can fit into just about any explanation you care to apply to them. But these criticisms are unimportant when faced with the simple catchiness of the music.
  10. Jul 7, 2017
    78
    As on Days Are Gone, its sheen is current and its spirit out of step. Beat by beat, Haim are the classic sound of heartbreak alleviated, if only for a moment.
  11. Jul 13, 2017
    70
    Something to Tell You can be obscured in its crowded tapestry of hooks, licks, and rapid fire refrains. It shines best when Haim step back, relax, and allow the songs to expand into their own idiosyncratic shapes.
  12. Jul 7, 2017
    70
    Something to Tell You is so impossibly infectious that they can just about get away with more of the same this time around.
  13. Jul 7, 2017
    70
    In all, HAIM continue to craft engaging pop music.
  14. Jul 6, 2017
    70
    The Haim sisters are back with Something To Tell You, a big, brash, bold pop record which has rather more depth than some might expect.
  15. Jul 5, 2017
    70
    Ultimately, Something to Tell You rests uncomfortably between the retro California pop sound HAIM pulled off so perfectly on album number one and experimentation that reaches a little too far into a cartoonish computerized concept of the future.
  16. Jun 29, 2017
    70
    Although littered with incandescent beams of hyper-melody--extending a hand to the youth of 2013’s ‘Days Are Gone’, Something To Tell You is patient and moves at its own, night-unending pace, where Californian sister act Este, Danielle, and Alana surf some kind of strange paradise between love and loss.
  17. Jun 29, 2017
    70
    These songs don't always explode with the sunny ebullience of the first LP, but the melodies, beats and ideas are layered and piled high, like a couch-pillow fort.
  18. 67
    The reality is that Something to Tell You, though strong in its own right, just doesn’t quite live up to the pomp and circumstance established by Days.
  19. 67
    As a recorded artifact, the album falls short of providing a greater realization of the band’s honest potential, losing its better threads in a clutter of noise too loosely woven together to enhance the intended tapestry.
  20. Jul 11, 2017
    65
    On Something To Tell You, HAIM tend not to over complicate things with their West Coast pop: something that mostly plays to their advantage, but at times leaves them playing it safe.
  21. Jul 19, 2017
    60
    The ways they refashioned vintage pop on Days Are Gone felt risky, but Something to Tell You offers safer, smaller pleasures.
  22. Jul 11, 2017
    60
    A sense of sisterhood is a huge part of Haim’s appeal, yet the humorous camaraderie and rocky swagger they present on stage all but vanishes in the studio.
  23. Jul 7, 2017
    60
    It’s hard not to feel that, had they let them run a little wilder, Something to Tell You might be a richer album. For now, they seem content in their comfort zone, striving for--and occasionally achieving-- glossily depthless pop perfection.
  24. Q Magazine
    Jul 6, 2017
    60
    They still sound a bit like a millennial Fleetwood Mac with a love of En Vogue--and they've retained a bit of sonic weirdness. [Aug 2017, p.104]
  25. Uncut
    Jun 29, 2017
    60
    The result is sparkling, if substance-free, historical re-enactment. [Aug 2017, p.30]
  26. Mojo
    Jun 29, 2017
    60
    For the most part, Haim remain drive-time ear candy, undeniably slick and effervescent. [Aug 2017, p.88]
  27. Aug 24, 2017
    50
    Something to Tell You doesn’t attempt anything new and keeps it safe, though, and when your best track is yet another sanitized extract of Tango in the Night, well, that’s not saying much.
  28. Jul 10, 2017
    50
    These 11 slickly produced tracks are kept more uniform in tone and content, to the point of repetition, and the feelings expressed sound more manufactured than genuine.
  29. Jul 5, 2017
    40
    Something To Tell You is no disaster and you could do worse for background listening whilst tackling the ironing or something, but music really shouldn’t be quite this uninspired, nor should the artists at the helm.
  30. 20
    These songs are as limp as long-lost lettuce, several of them barely meriting the appellation “song” at all.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 139 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 139
  1. Jul 7, 2017
    7
    It's pretty solid, but missing some of the charm of DAG. Many potentially-catchy riffs have been smothered in production that is almost tooIt's pretty solid, but missing some of the charm of DAG. Many potentially-catchy riffs have been smothered in production that is almost too good, and drowned out by repetitive lyrics. I think quite a lot of fans will notice. Hoped for something a bit stronger after the 4 year interval. Still, love this band, and the record will probably be a lot of fun live. Full Review »
  2. Jul 7, 2017
    8
    Want You Back - 7
    Nothing's Wrong - 8
    Little of Your Love - 6 Ready For You - 8 Something To Tell You - 8 You Never Knew - 8 Kept Me
    Want You Back - 7
    Nothing's Wrong - 8
    Little of Your Love - 6
    Ready For You - 8
    Something To Tell You - 8
    You Never Knew - 8
    Kept Me Crying - 8
    Found It In Silence - 8
    Walking Away - 10
    Right Now - 6
    Night So Long - 8

    score: 7,7
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  3. Jul 8, 2017
    7
    I really enjoyed Days Are Gone and had high expectations for this album. After the first listen I was pretty disappointed, but this album hasI really enjoyed Days Are Gone and had high expectations for this album. After the first listen I was pretty disappointed, but this album has definitely grown on me. The style is a bit different. It's happier and a bit more laid back. There aren't as many standout tracks, but the album is overall more consistent, so if you like one of the songs, you're probably going to like them all. I do wish there were more dramatic songs, but if you're in the mood for a simple summer album, Something To Tell You gets the job done well.

    Standout track: Nothing's Wrong
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