15 Songs, 1 Hour, 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hozier's self-titled debut is a spine-tingling tour of soulful rock ’n’ roll. The Irish singer/songwriter sets the stage with "Take Me to Church,” where a lover’s lament unfolds with a dose of gothic drama. Hozier’s openhearted storytelling is paired with dusky, understated soul (“Someone New”), explosive blues-rock (“Jackie and Wilson”), and shadowy love ballads (“In a Week”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hozier's self-titled debut is a spine-tingling tour of soulful rock ’n’ roll. The Irish singer/songwriter sets the stage with "Take Me to Church,” where a lover’s lament unfolds with a dose of gothic drama. Hozier’s openhearted storytelling is paired with dusky, understated soul (“Someone New”), explosive blues-rock (“Jackie and Wilson”), and shadowy love ballads (“In a Week”).

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

3113 Ratings

A Tremendous Achievement

A2Townie,

Hozier deftly draws from blues, folk and soul to create an album that is mesmerizing, deeply satisfying and completely unique. Recorded almost entirely in the quiet space of his attic in Wicklow, the album has the feel of the listener being invited in to witness and experience a young man's coming of age. Each track demonstrates an emotional maturity in the arrangement, vocals and lyrics that is very rarely seen in a debut album. Timeless and hauntingly beautiful, this is a once in a generation album on par with Carol King's Tapestry or Elton John's Tumbleweed Collection.

This guy has soul

Claybonsipharo,

The man has a voice of solid gold. Pretty good content and excellent lyrical skill. I feel like this guy could really blow up. Either way the music is excellent.

About Hozier

A unique and intelligent singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who cites James Joyce's Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, Leonard Cohen, John Lee Hooker, and community choral singing among his influences, Hozier (his stage and performing name) was born Andrew Hozier-Byrne on March 17, 1990 (which just so happened to be St. Patrick's Day) in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. The son of a local blues musician, he literally grew up with the blues being played all around him. He joined his first band when he was 15, gravitating toward R&B, soul, gospel, and, of course, blues. Hozier started studying for a degree in music at Trinity College Dublin, where he was involved with the Trinity Orchestra, but dropped out in his first year to record demos for Universal Music. From 2009 to 2012, he sang with Anúna, an Irish choral group, and toured internationally. He released a solo EP, Take Me to Church, in 2013, and when a video for the powerful title track, which directly addresses gay discrimination in Russia, went viral on YouTube and Reddit, Hozier found himself with an international audience. A second EP, From Eden, appeared in the spring of 2014 and in September of that year, Columbia released his eponymous debut album. It reached the Top Ten of the charts in no less than 11 countries, and was quickly certified gold in Canada and Great Britain. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
  • GENRE
    Alternative
  • BORN
    March 17, 1990

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