Hozier

Hozier - Hozier
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2014 Ratings: #86 / 845
User Score
Based on 190 ratings
2014 Ratings: #98
September 19, 2014 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Entertainment Weekly
He’s more than capable of drifting smoothly between bluesy soul, juke-joint R&B, and drinking-song folk on his hearty debut. And like many of his countrymen, he’s a born storyteller.
90
Exclaim!
The understated maturity of the 24-year-old Hozier on his debut album is a beacon for young writers learning to craft significant compositions.
80
PopMatters
This is a brave, weighty and heartfelt debut from a hefty new songwriter.
80
Clash
‘Hozier’ is an authentic portrait of an artist – soulful, spiritual and seductive – and is a deeply impressive first step.
80
The Guardian
He’s a believable storyteller, a subtle guitarist and a composer of haunting melodies, making this album eminently worth exploring.
75
A.V. Club

Hozier is far more nuanced than these inspirations imply, mainly because of its skillful, smart exploration of dualities.

70
AllMusic
A soulful voice and a brooding mystique can get you a long way but fortunately, most of the material here is well-written enough to warrant a deeper look at the young artist many have labeled an old soul.
70
Rolling Stone
His YouTube hit "Take Me to Church" won him a wave of insta-hype, and his debut LP earns it.
70
FasterLouder

There are few missteps on Hozier – at its best it stuns and at its worst it’s a pleasant ride. But Hozier’s are not the skills of a one-trick-pony and that may well carry him beyond this very self-assured and solid debut.

MinatoArisato
65
A pretty alright rock record. Hozier shows many moments of promise and there even is a really great record hidden in here however I find this project to just be too bloated and padded out with filler which keeps me from enjoying it as much as I could of.

Best Track: Take Me to Church
Worst Track: From Eden
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regent
91
this album is so incredibly beautiful, sorta just gets the unused emotions swirling. it has the soulful, melancholic sort of vibe and it mixes in with the lyrics. hozier to me is an undoubtedly talented songwriter and i really feel like hes putting his heart and soul into this album.
i mean apart from this sorrowful feeling you get listening to his songs, its quite haunting as well in some songs, whether its the background vocals, instrumentals or lyrics.
but hey, im obviously not mad.
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SebastianWolf
74
On his debut, Hozier combines some lively writing with a catchy sound. His religious beliefs are at the center of it all, and the album is thus thematically very interesting. There's sadly some rather forgetable moments on here, but overall, Hozier's debut is dramatic, well-written, and pleasant.

Best lyric: "Any way to distract and sedate. Adding shadows to the walls of the cave" (Great reference).

Best songs: From Eden // Foreigner's God // Sedated
rapmartin12
97
Loved it!
Stand-out Tracks:
- Sedated
- Take Me To Church
- Work Song
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Track List

  1. Take Me to Church
  2. Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene
  3. Jackie and Wilson 
  4. Someone New
  5. To Be Alone 
  6. From Eden 
  7. In a Week [feat. Karen Cowley]
  8. Sedated
  9. Work Song 
  10. Like Real People Do 
  11. It Will Come Back 
  12. Foreigner's God
  13. Cherry Wine (Live)
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