Monday, January 28, 2013

HAIM Covers Fleetwood Mac

"Hold Me" - From Fleetwood to HAIM

In light of the classic rock collective's return to the limelight for their upcoming reunion tour, I've been sifting through Fleetwood Mac's discography avidly; specifically Rumours, the eighth highest selling album of all-time and the masterpiece that's being re-released tomorrow.

With such a timeless, defining album, it obviously doesn't take a reunion tour or re-issue to remind audiences of their 70s rock genius. I mean, everyone loves the Mac. But, to know that the equal parts tumultuous and incestuous foursome will reconvene to ignite stage magic for the first time in 16 years - it not only arouses a giddy excitement in the old-time devotees, but also satisfies the young fans who probably never thought they'd see the crew tackle a live bit. And, couple their forthcoming tour with last summer's release of splendid contemporary tributes - featuring whacks by indie superstars Modest Mouse, The Kills and Lykke Li, to name a few - the Fleetwood buzz is undoubtedly flaring.

Anyone who knows me knows that lately, three sisters named Este, Alana and Danielle of the group HAIM have grabbed my musical attention with their Pretenders-esque, upbeat 80s-rock repertoire and hook-laden numbers, like the single "Don't Save Me." Before realizing the Californian Haim (rhymes with time [poet and I know it]) ladies were capable of their own melodic singles, I became an immediate fan of their simple and modern take on Fleetwood's jangly 1982 radio hit "Hold Me." While maintaining the rich, soulful harmonies (even keeping the same guitar solo and bellowing men who chant "Come on and..." before the chorus), but toying with new age keyboard funk and a little sultriness - the sisters absolutely nailed it.

So, as the always-amusing sagas of Fleetwood Mac continue to unfold publicly in promotional preparation for the 2013 stage return, and especially to honour the re-release of Rumours - let's take a listen to a delightful 2012 Fleetwood tribute from a family act who have plenty of their own potential.

What do you think of HAIM's take on it?

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