Wasteland, Baby!

The Irish songwriter, Andrew Hozier-Byrne devotes much if not all
his second album, “Wasteland, Baby!” Throughout the first song, “Nina Cried
Power,” he gives a shout out to not only artists, but all-time greats like Nina
Simone, Billie Holiday, John Lennon, James Brown, Joni Mitchell, Mavis Staples,
Patti Smith, Marvin Gaye, etc.  He does
this to prove that you do not have to live in hopelessness. Anyone can make a
difference.

He then gets our attention with a catchy toon called “Almost
(Sweet Music),” which is a fan favorite. As he is telling his story during this
song, it almost seems as though it is real life. Any person listening will be
able to picture and relate to everything he is saying.

It is safe to say that Hozier did not disappoint, which is why
he received his first #1 album. His unique, church-like, powerful voice goes
perfectly on his third track on the album “movement.” This song is very sensual
allowing the listening no choice but to listen to his words. Hozier takes us on
a journey with the stories he tells. It is said that he wrote “Wasteland, Baby!”
after reading how threats of nuclear war caused the Bulletin of the Atomic
Scientists to move our doomsday clock ahead 30 seconds.

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