Andrew Hozier-Byrne – more commonly known as Hozier – is a solo singer/songwriter from Ireland. His first single, Take Me to Church was released in 2013 but didn’t seriously chart in the UK and US until 2014. However the wait was worthwhile for Hozier, as it has since charted in the top 10 in the UK and the United States – along with a nomination for song of the year at the upcoming 57th Grammy Awards. His debut album – simply titled Hozier – was successful both critically and commercially, reaching the top 5 in album charts in the UK and the USA. Take Me to Church is song number 1 on the album.
A song full of passion and pain, Hozier has definitely produced a song worthy of praise. He has found a good balance here between the rugged guitar/drum sounds and the elegant sounds from the piano and backing singers. It also has to be said that the range in his voice in this song is exceptional!
His album is full of many good songs – I would particularly recommend hearing Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene and Jackie and Wilson, numbers 2 and 3 on the album.
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