Writing terrible songs that should never be listened to more than once? Hozier could never. His appreciation of music, especially those who came before him, shines through in Wasteland, Baby! and you won’t be disappointed.
In the most ethereal way possible, this album makes you feel like you’re surrounded by nature. And Hozier’s the Irish forest elf that takes you by the hand. He takes you on a journey that you’re not really afraid to go on. The album starts off with one of the singles, “Nina Cried Power”, which Hozier released prior to the album. His political standings are obvious as he and Mavis Staples sing their hearts out. There’s nothing better than an artist using their platform in the right ways.
The album shines with certain tracks in particular such as Shrike, which evokes such striking imagery with its lyrics. It makes heartbreak and losing someone seem like a glorious type of experience. One that Hozier wants you to really know about. If you don’t already.
As the album carries on it’s obvious there’s no set genre. It may throw a person off, but it does add an element of surprise. Hozier’s style has changed since his 2014 self-titled debut album; he doesn’t have the exact same sound as before. Which is bound to happen with the passage of time. Regardless, his music has aged like fine wine and it comes as no surprise to anyone.
If we have to wait several years for another album – then waiting is very much worth it.