Haim’s initial return, with recent track ‘Right Now’, was understated in the extreme. A live video showing the sisters playing a reserved cut with flashes of brilliance, the track served to whet the appetite for the band’s new album a little more, rather than blow anyone away.
‘Want You Back’, the record’s first official single, drifts a little further into the-pop-smash-we-all-expected territory, but still leaves quite a bit behind. Beginning with that well-travelled three-chord melody, ‘Want You Back’ feels very Springsteen and like it has the potential to be VERY big.
That thunderous chorus never totally arrives though; it’s all hand-claps and foot stomps, but not quite what anyone expected. When the chorus does kick in, it’s trademark Haim, with Danielle managing, as ever, to cram far too many syllables into a single line yet make something brilliant and confusingly catchy.
As with the repeated refrain in ‘Right Now’, ‘Want You Back’ does prove itself to be an earworm though. While not seeing Haim fully kick into top gear and take up their throne as superstars, ‘Want You Back’ is another step towards what’s still set to be a huge comeback.