AOTY 2019

Wasteland, Baby!

Hozier - Wasteland, Baby!
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #504 / 606
User Score
Based on 303 ratings
2019 Ratings: #828
March 1, 2019 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Telegraph
Lyrically, Hozier aims high, addressing social and emotional issues against a backdrop of political and generational anxiety. He uses bold, mythic imagery with a playful spirit that hints at the dark wit of Leonard Cohen.
83
Consequence of Sound

Even though Hozier doesn’t bring anything immensely innovative to the album, Wasteland, Baby! is still a delightful experience that radiates with feeling. From the blend of instrumentals to the enchanting use of Hozier’s voice, Wasteland, Baby! is an album that celebrates emotion and the wonder of music.

80
Spill Magazine

Wasteland Baby! succeeds as a sophomore effort in that it proves Hozier’s space in the spotlight is more than warranted and should remain unchallenged for now.

70
PopMatters

After a four-year lull, Hozier needed Wasteland, Baby! to recapture the energy created by his previous releases then further light the artist's skill and vision of his craft. Wasteland, Baby! certainly delivers while edifying the artist as an impactful voice in the art and activism sphere.

70
AllMusic

Much of this draws from the same well as "Take Me to Church" ... but the overall feeling isn't anguished, it's consoling. It's a subtle but notable shift that lends emotional gravity to a singer/songwriter who already favored weighty topics.

60
Rolling Stone

Wasteland, Baby! has enough encouraging displays of maturation to feel like a transitional moment for Hozier.

60
The Observer

It’s a lovely sound, but the songwriting veers more towards the serviceable than the inspired.

48
Pitchfork
The man who took us to church tries to take us to the same church, again, 14 times, six years later.
40
The Independent

Andrew Hozier-Byrne’s second album Wasteland, Baby! is still stuck mid-sermon, albeit emaciated from surviving solely on stale communion wafers.

PipePanic
79
Damn. This is an extremely impressive follow up to his already interesting debut (a debut I will admit I haven't gotten around to listening to yet). It's got gusto, passion and memorable performances for days showing that Hozier is a absolute power house as a vocalist and a song writer. The blues inspiration is extremely apparent, and add to Hoziers massive sound. Instrumental, the album has fantastic production and atmospheric tinged playing that back up Hozier in droves. The keys give the ... read more
ElectricMess
70
While this is definitely a bit bloated, and some songs feel like filler, there are enough highlights to keep it from developing much ill-will.

nothing quite hits like Nina Cried Power though (like goddamn, that track is epic)
zachthesnack
65
*yawns*
heartgears
64
A smart, articulate man, who unfortunately needed about 10 minutes longer than necessary to make his point. He didn't make much of an effort to keep his audience's attention span up during this album's bloated middle either.
Tsareena
55
Everything I like about this is in 'Almost (Sweet Music)'. A really fun track. The rest of the album shows Hozier's gorgeous voice but the dull production and generic songwriting don't help much
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Track List

  1. Nina Cried Power (feat. Mavis Staples)
  2. Almost (Sweet Music)
  3. Movement
  4. No Plan
  5. Nobody
  6. To Noise Making (Sing)
  7. As It Was
  8. Shrike
  9. Talk
  10. Be
  11. Dinner & Diatribes
  12. Would That I
  13. Sunlight
  14. Wasteland, Baby!
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