REVIEW: Hozier hits a musical homerun

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In 2014 Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” became the number 1 hit song in 12 countries
New album is releasing by Hozier

By Jideobi Ezeonu
Voices Editor/Spectator

Irish-born musician and singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne’s first album is a selftitled masterpiece.

Released in the U.S. in June 2013, “Hozier” is a magically intoxicating concoction of poetry and soul so sweet and thought-provoking it’s enough to make you heartsick.

Recorded almost entirely in the quiet space of his attic in Wicklow, Ireland, “Hozier” is an intimate experience that cannot be missed.

With a smoky voice that caresses delicate melodies and rides rocky, deep rhythms alike, the 24-year-old continuously pulls vocal rabbits out of his hat on each track.

Clocking in at a total (deluxe) play-time of 1 hour and 11 minutes, “Hozier” features songs that boast a refreshing and impressive range in genre and mood.

With tracks like the folky and breezy “Jackie & Wilson,” the sensual and impulsive  “To Be Alone,” the juicy and grainy “It Will Come Back,” and the flaming holy grail of the album that is  “Take Me To Church,” it’s hard to grow bored of the dark, musical smorgasbord that has been presented to us.

This album, quite simply, embodies replayability. If you’re searching for an album that can be replayed a year from now that will still cut through your soul like a hot knife through butter, look no further.

“Hozier” is an ultimately tender and delicious bite into this Irishman’s core, and I’m already begging for another taste.

Jideobi Ezeonu is the voice editor for the Spectator. He can be reached by voices.spectator@gmail.com