Andrew John Hozier-Byrne (born 17 March 1990), known mononymously as Hozier is an Irish singer, songwriter, and musician. His music primarily draws from folk, soul, and blues, often using religious and literary themes. He had his international breakthrough after releasing his debut single “Take Me to Church”, which has been certified multi-platinum in several countries. Born and raised in County Wicklow, Hozier released his debut EP in 2013, featuring “Take Me to Church”, which became a rock radio hit in the U.S. and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut studio album was released in March 2014 to critical acclaim. It has been certified 6× platinum in Ireland and multi-platinum in several countries. In September 2018, he released an EP titled Nina Cried Power and featured the title track as a single, reaching number one on the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart. He released his second album Wasteland, Baby! in March 2019, which debuted atop the Irish Albums Chart and the Billboard 200, and has since been certified gold in the U.S. Here are all of Hozier albums ranked.
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3. Nina Cried Power EP, 2018
“Clearly, Hozier’s time as private bard at the Unseelie Court has paid off. It’s an EP (with a single, Movement, released separately), so it’s short and sweet, but what we get is fantastic. But COME ON, it’s HOZIER, did we expect anything else? I know we’re probably going to have to wait another 100 years for Hozier to be released from the fairy realm again, but until he drops a full album, I’m going to listen to “Shrike” on repeat because I love it that much.”
2. Wasteland, Baby!, 2019
“Well this album has certainly been a long time coming. Nearing five years since since the self titled, debut record from Hozier, which stood out thanks to it’s incredible storytelling and lush songwriting. Wasteland, Baby! plans on trying to be a more optimistic project than the self titled album, but also to be more accessible blues-rock tones in a time where rock music is currently being desaturated by the day by electronic noise rather than actual melodies or hooks.”
1. Hozier, 2014
“Andrew Hozier’s music became known to me indirectly, via my musically prodigious younger cousins. One had recorded several incredibly awesome solo demos, one of which was Hozier’s “Cherry Wine”, a song I’d never heard before, what seemed to be such a spellbinding, compelling song. “Who’s that song by?” I asked her. When I tracked down the original by Hozier I have to admit that I was somewhat underwhelmed: you can call it nepotism if you like, but my cousin’s version is so sincere and heartfelt that, for me, it renders the original utterly irrelevant, her vocal timbre so enveloping as to extend that great song into another dimension.”