Digging into Hozier's Ever Changing Sound
A young blues musician makes his way back onto the scene. Even before Hozier’s new album dropped, it was apparent that there was something new on the way. With the release of the Nina Cried Power EP, which was released during September of 2018, there was a clear shift within the music itself and the overall meaning of it. Now that Hoziers second studio album, Wasteland, Baby!, is out those thoughts were confirmed.
The music seems to dig a little deeper, groove a little harder, and hit those older bluesy jazz notes with a twist that only Hozier could provide. It seems that this album hits all the notes for a musician of Hozier’s caliber. This album isn’t a complete 180 from the first album, but it does seem to have a little more depth to it. The chords are beautiful and artfully done, along with the chord changes that come with it.
This album is artful in its own way. It provides a beautiful tension between the ideas of nihilism and optimism which isn’t easy to find. Many of the songs are able to give this tension through the beautiful sound, and the haunting, yet somewhat hopeful lyrics. Hozier perfectly captured the essence of living in todays age. And the best part of it— the awareness. Many people go through life with an idea of the end, but many put it towards the back of their concerns. We’ve all been told to live life in the now. These ideas surround us. But what’s interesting about Wasteland, Baby! is that the idea that there is an end gives meaning not only in the idea that the end makes it meaningful, but in the way that keeping the end in mind creates the ability to find more meaning along the way rather than as a whole. it’s about the little things.