Women in Music Pt. III
Haim - Women in Music Pt. III.png
Studio album by
Released26 June 2020
Studio
  • Heavy Duty (Burbank, California)
  • Effie Street (Los Angeles, California)
  • Vox (Los Angeles, California)
  • Strongroom (London, England)[a]
GenrePop rock[1]
Length51:39
LabelColumbia
Producer
Haim chronology
Something to Tell You
(2017)
Women in Music Pt. III
(2020)
Singles from Women in Music Pt. III
  1. "Summer Girl"
    Released: July 31, 2019
  2. "Now I'm in It"
    Released: October 30, 2019
  3. "Hallelujah"
    Released: November 18, 2019
  4. "The Steps"
    Released: March 3, 2020
  5. "I Know Alone"
    Released: April 29, 2020
  6. "Don't Wanna"
    Released: May 21, 2020

Women in Music Pt. III is the third studio album by American band Haim. It was released on June 26, 2020, in the United States by Columbia Records and internationally by Polydor Records. The album was originally set for release on April 24, 2020 but was delayed due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and "the changing nature of travel policies and quarantines across the world."[2] The album's release was later moved to June 26.[3] It was produced by Danielle Haim,[4] Rostam Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid, and was preceded by the singles "Summer Girl", "Now I'm in It" and "Hallelujah".[5] The song "The Steps" was released alongside the album pre-order.[4]

Before being officially announced, it was named one of the most anticipated albums of 2020 by several outlets, including Pitchfork and Vulture.[6][7]

Background and composition

The trio initially teased the album with the abbreviation WIMPIII on their social media, jokingly offering a "free T-shirt" to anybody who could guess what it stood for or who had an answer that made them laugh.[8]

After touring in support of their previous album, Something to Tell You (2017), the band experienced various personal struggles, including the death of Alana's friend, Este's struggles with type 1 diabetes, and Danielle's partner Ariel Rechtshaid's cancer diagnosis.[9] They channeled these experiences into their music, with "an unflinching honesty" and "intimately familiar with depression in all its states".[9] True to the album's title, many songs discuss the misogyny the band faces in the music industry; for example "Man from the Magazine" is a tongue-in-cheek Joni Mitchell-esque song about the casually sexist questions asked of them by journalists.[10]

The album cover was shot at Canter's Deli in Los Angeles by Paul Thomas Anderson, who also directed the music videos for all three singles and "The Steps".[11]

Women in Music Pt. III is a primarily pop rock album that features elements of folk-pop,[9][12] hip hop,[13][12] reggae,[13][12] lo fi,[13] heartland rock,[12] dance,[12] country rock,[10] UK garage,[10] electropop,[14] free jazz,[14] funk,[10] 1990s R&B,[9] as well as 1970s and 1980s pop.[9]

Release

The album's first single, "Summer Girl", preceded the album by several months, becoming the first of three (at the time) standalone singles released that same year, along with "Now I'm in It" and "Hallelujah", with a music video for each release, all directed by frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.2/10[15]
Metacritic89/100[16]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[9]
And It Don't StopA–[17]
The Daily Telegraph5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian5/5 stars[18]
The Independent5/5 stars[19]
NME5/5 stars[20]
The Observer4/5 stars[21]
Pitchfork8.6/10[10]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[14]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[12]

Women in Music Pt. III was met with universal acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, this release received an average score of 89, based on 23 reviews.[16] The album was a New York Times Critic's Pick[22] and was featured on Pitchfork's Best New Music.[10]

Many critics noted the trio's use of new sounds and exploration of new genres on the album. Writing for Pitchfork, Aimee Cliff called it "Haim as we haven’t quite heard them before: not just eminently proficient musicians, entertainers, and 'women in music,' but full of flaws and contradictions, becoming something much greater." Cliff wrote that the album "eschew[s] Haim's usual summery rock to find the right genre for the mood" sometimes mixing multiple genres within the same track.[10] Lindsay Zoladz, writing for the New York Times, remarked that the record "clears a welcome path forward for the group's sound," cautioning that "every so often they overstuff the arrangements with one too many sonic quirks or spoken-word bridges, but more often than not their risks are rewarding."[22] Reviewing in his Substack-published "Consumer Guide" column, Robert Christgau applauded Batmanglij for enhancing the band's compositions, in which, "from booty calls to dreams so much sweeter than what anyone wakes up to in this cruel time, the lyrics evoke the pains and complexities of the single life each of these seamless siblings is obliged to face alone after all."[17]

In July 2020, the album was included on Entertainment Weekly and Slant Magazine 's list of the best albums of 2020 so far.[13]

Track listing

All tracks are produced by Danielle Haim, Rostam Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid, except where noted.

Women in Music Pt. III track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Los Angeles"3:20
2."The Steps" (additional production by Dave Fridmann)
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Batmanglij
  • Rechtshaid
4:07
3."I Know Alone"
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Batmanglij
  • Rechtshaid
  • Buddy Ross
3:46
4."Up from a Dream"
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Batmanglij
  • Rechtshaid
3:17
5."Gasoline"
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Batmanglij
3:13
6."3 AM"
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Tommy King
  • Batmanglij
  • Rechtshaid
3:10
7."Don't Wanna"
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Batmanglij
3:21
8."Another Try"
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Batmanglij
  • Rechtshaid
3:25
9."Leaning on You"
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Batmanglij
3:21
10."I've Been Down"
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Batmanglij
2:51
11."Man from the Magazine"
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
2:06
12."All That Ever Mattered"
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Batmanglij
  • Rechtshaid
2:30
13."FUBT"
3:13
Total length:41:40
Bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
14."Now I'm in It"
3:24
15."Hallelujah"
3:10
16."Summer Girl"
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Batmanglij
  • Rechtshaid
  • Reed
3:25
Total length:51:39
Bonus tracks (vinyl version)[23]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
14."Summer Girl" (video version)
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Batmanglij
  • Rechtshaid
  • Reed
3:52
15."Now I’m in It" (video version)
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Batmanglij
  • Srivastava
  • Rechtshaid
3:56
16."Hallelujah"
  • D. Haim
  • E. Haim
  • A. Haim
  • Jesso
3:10
Total length:52:38

Notes

Personnel

All track numbers refer to the digital, CD and cassette releases of the album.[24]

Charts

Chart performance for Women in Music Pt. III
Chart (2020)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[25]7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[26]25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[27]20
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[28]37
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[29]41
French Albums (SNEP)[30]187
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[31]27
Irish Albums (OCC)[32]5
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[33]90
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[34]37
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[35]33
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[36]30
Scottish Albums (OCC)[37]2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[38]59
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[39]55
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[40]11
UK Albums (OCC)[41]1
US Billboard 200[42]13
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[43]1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[44]1

Notes

  1. ^ Except "Now I'm in It", recorded at Echo Park Backhouse (Los Angeles), Heavy Duty, Vox, Effie Street, Ulvhälls Herrgård (Strängnäs, Sweden), and Matsor Projects (Los Angeles)

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