The first time I heard Hozier‘s debut single Take Me To Church, I knew it was an event. Coupled with a music video that depicts violent homophobia in modern-day Russia and its use of religious imagery on sex, the song was bound to turn some heads and be either praised or slammed. There was little room for any middle ground.
Hozier’s background as an Irish songwriter likely played a role in the inclusion of religion on his debut self-titled album. While the album isn’t centred around religion or Christianity, he loosely references it, mostly in passing, throughout the record. His jaded perspective may not be to everyone’s liking but it’s hard to ignore his performance on what has become one of the year’s most highly anticipated albums.Read more