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Vinyl, Import, 7 October 2014
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 30.48 x 32 x 2.54 cm; 517.1 Grams
- Manufacturer : COLUMBIA RECORDS
- Manufacturer reference : 888430999619
- Original Release Date : 2014
- Label : COLUMBIA RECORDS
- ASIN : B00M8HWG5U
- Number of discs : 3
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It's not often that you stumble across a songwriter whose lyrics both sound and read like poetry. When those lyrics are set to music that balances burning indignation with lilting tenderness, and delivered in a voice imbued with the spiritual passion and yearning of gospel and the blues, you figure you've chanced upon something special. And so it is with 23-year-old Andrew Hozier-Byrne, an Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from County Wicklow who goes by the name of Hozier.
Hozier releases his self-titled debut album on Columbia Records, following his two EPs Take Me To Church and From Eden. The new album produced by Ron Kirwan (PJ Harvey and Depeche Mode). Hozier will feature the hit single "Take Me To Church" as well as his most recent release "Sedated."
Raised in a musical family, Hozier's childhood and adolescent listening was dominated, he says, "by Chicago blues, Texan blues, Chess Records, Motown, and then I discovered jazz, but more importantly, Delta blues that extraordinarily haunting sound. Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, people like that. Later, it was Pink Floyd, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, plus Tom Waits was a huge, huge influence. I was always drawn to singers with something haunting about their voices. The same goes for writers such as James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. You can't define what it is, but it buries itself deep in your soul."
After a string of sold out dates and electrifying performances including TV appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Hozier will return stateside when he launches his first national headline tour this fall. The tour crisscrosses the country before wrapping up with two shows in New York City.
Tastemakers and critics have wholeheartedly embraced his spirited and soulful sound. He s drawn praise from NPR, New York Magazine, KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, MTV Buzzworthy, Consequence of Sound, and more. Most recently he was featured on NPR's All Things Considered and Tiny Desk Concert.
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What an amazing new talent -- I hope he is around for a long time, as his voice seems to be one that would mature well, and the depth of his much indicates that he's got some interesting songs to write in his future. Which is in contrast to a lot of the "popular" music today, in my (aged, at 46) mind, anyway.
My husband -- who sometimes listens to music that makes me hate life -- and my 9-yr-old & 24-yr-old daughters all enjoy this as well, which is not usually the case with the music played around here. The little one rocks out to the more R&B songs, and already knows nearly all of the lyrics to Take Me to Church. Needless to say, it gets a lot of play time in our home.
Now, if he would just play a concert in Scotland that is NOT in Glasgow, please!
( this is a live recording ) is amazing and show cases his great voice and talent to put his own spin on a song. After hearing a couple
of times you will be hooked . I hope there are more great things to come from Hozier in the near future. jimi g.
The reason for my 4 stars is that you cannot obviously have something coming from Ireland that does not constantly refer to alcohol and religion.
Take the names of the songs - you see Church, Eden, Angels, God; if you listen to the lyrics you hear Lord, Jesus Christ, absolution etc.
Why are the Irish incapable of making a point without imposing their upbringing on the rest of us?
This is music with which you can cry, dance, think and suffer. As long as he makes music that provokes my senses, no matter constant referrals, I will keep buying his CDs.