Haim fights back the tears on “Kept Me Crying”

Haim’s sophomore album features a similar jolt of harmonic, sun-tinged guitar pop that the sororal act aced on their debut Days Are Gone, and one of the best of the lot is the mid-album cut “Kept Me Crying.” Danielle Haim’s stretched, yearning vocals recall Gone highlight “If I Could Change Your Mind,” and her sisters’ backing vocals gives Danielle’s pain a communal feeling. “I was a lover, I was a friend,” she reminds on the chorus. As she takes inventory on her loss, she doesn’t go away quietly. No, her guitar doesn’t gently weep, it recklessly soars as a guitar solo pushes her grief into the rearview. Because as “Kept Me Crying” proves, the only thing that hits harder than rejection the Haim sisters hitting back.


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