11 Jan 2016

The Guardian: Hozier review – congregation-worthy songwriter blues

10th January, 2016

“Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Two years hard graft shows in the singer’s stagecraft and songwriting: he’s worthy of this sell-out crowd’s adoration


Songs from his eponymous debut album, seem well-suited to the Usher Hall’s grand, gothic setting, the chain-gang moans and evil organ blasts reverberating through the sold-out crowd. Even if you were to strip out his six-piece band – including a cellist and two gifted backing vocalists – there’s a sense that Hozier’s songwriting would stand up. It’s evidenced by the spare, haunting duet In a Week, where he exchanges spidery guitar and vocal lines with guest singer Karen Cowley about reuniting on another plain while their bodies are gnawed by foxes. [..]

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