Hozier, Wasteland, Baby!
This album surprised even me, an avid Hozier fan. After his release of the Nina Cried Power EP which earned "honorable mention" last quarter, I was unsure how the full length album would fall together. It turns out that Wasteland, Baby! met and exceeded my expectations and it quickly became the soundtrack to the latter half of the winter quarter. Hozier combines witty, poetry and mythology based lyrics with extremely catchy, dark beats and twangy guitar riffs while singing about love and the end of the world. This long (long!) awaited album was a reliving addition to my subway commute and neighborhood wanderings.