Hozier - Hozier
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2014 Ratings: #132 / 956
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Based on 255 ratings
2014 Ratings: #116
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September 19, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
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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.
The understated maturity of the 24-year-old Hozier on his debut album is a beacon for young writers learning to craft significant compositions.
This is a brave, weighty and heartfelt debut from a hefty new songwriter.
‘Hozier’ is an authentic portrait of an artist – soulful, spiritual and seductive – and is a deeply impressive first step.
The Guardian
He’s a believable storyteller, a subtle guitarist and a composer of haunting melodies, making this album eminently worth exploring.
A.V. Club

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

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.
Rolling Stone
His YouTube hit "Take Me to Church" won him a wave of insta-hype, and his debut LP earns it.

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.

I went into this with kind of low expectations, why? I honestly don't know, I just didn't expect to like it, but oh boy is this actually really good.

Now I obviously don't need to say much about the opening track, everyone has heard it at this point, and I'm pretty sure everyone likes it, if you don't then, get out it's a good song and is extremely well written imo. Anyway the rest of the album? Doesn't ever really feel as grandiose as the opening track, unfortunately, but the album does shine ... read more
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
Primeiro disco do cantor e compositor Hozier, intitulado com o seu próprio nome, foi um disco que conseguiu me surpreender só na avaliação final que fiz. Ouvindo esse disco várias vezes, não tinha percebido o quanto ele era bom, eu fiquei apática nas vezes que ouvi sem prestar atenção, talvez seja por causa da sua sonoridade crua e sútil, que não trás muitas novidades, porém bem executada, e eu só ... read more
I first discovered Hozier around two or so years ago. I was then obsessed with the early 2010s (nostalgia sake) and I would sit around every day and watch YouTube videos about music from that time. These videos were mostly year end countdowns that included the best singles that were released that year. I was exposed to a lot of new music though these videos; most of which I still listen to today. One of the singles featured in these videos was "Take Me To Church" by Hozier. The short ... read more
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
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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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Added on: October 7, 2014