Blues man with true grit

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - BRIAN BOYD

in­ter­na­tion­ally and even an early en­dorse­ment from Tay­lor Swift couldn’t stall the mo­men­tum.

His re­mark­able vo­cal is at the fore­front here. There’s grit and sub­stance to this blue-eyed soul­ful de­liv­ery – lis­ten to his read­ing of From Eden. Such is his ease with reg­is­ters and keys, at times he can sound like Count­ing Crow’s Adam Dur­witz, other times like a se­ri­ously pissed off Antony He­garty, and here and again like a nu­anced, late-ca­reer Robert Plant.

Mu­si­cally it’s taut, and as the thrilling Jackie and Wilson and the men­tal-good Work Song at­test, this is as far from boil­er­plate soul/blues as Hozier is from most ev­ery other cur­rent chart Ir­ish act to­day. Even the small touches work: that spec­tral choir emerg­ing from nowhere dur­ing Some­one New, the eerie hush that en­velops the bat­tered folk stylings of Like Real Peo­ple Do.

De­but al­bums have no right to sound like this. Hozier.com Down­load: Jackie and Wilson, From Eden, Work Song, Like Real Peo­ple Do

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