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An unearthly experience with Hozier

Ranking Hozier’s new album “Unreal Unearth”
An unearthly experience with Hozier

Hozier is one of the most notable male artists to not win a Grammy. His new album “Unreal Unearth” is a combination of so many different sounds and references. He uses a lot of references to mythology, which is one of my favorite subjects to explore. Overall, the album is a masterpiece. Individually, some of the songs did not resonate with me as much. Here is my opinion on the new album.

16. “Son of Nyx”

  • This song is completely instrumental with rain in the background. It makes you feel like you’re in the sky during a storm, dark and brewing. There are some layers deep in the mix that can be made out as “who we are” with some ominous voice at the end. I think where this song ranks depends on my mood because it is just an instrumental, but overall it is wonderful. 
  • 2/5

15. “De Selby (Part 1)”

  • This song is ethereal, earthly, simple, and is a poetic piece. Hozier made the decision to include a portion of Irish that adds some other feeling to the song. 
  • 3/5

14. “Francesca”

  • This song reminds me of being scared out of a relationship when new knowledge comes about, and wanting to indulge in the relationship again even after it caused so much pain. Like the battle between following your heart and listening to your intuition. 
  • 3/5

13. “All Things End”

  • Harsher contrast from “Son of Nyx” with no real lead in. It talks about how all everything will come to an end, but we shouldn’t change the way we live our lives because of it. It is a very repetitive song, but I feel like it is acceptable because it is in a symbolic manner, illustrating that ending and beginning again is a cycle. 
  • 3.5/5

12. “Damage Gets Done”

  • Talks about the feeling of having the weight of the world on your shoulders and yet no real ability to change what is happening. It also goes into how that can cause mental and emotional strain on a person. 
  • 3.5/5

11. “To Someone from a Warm Climate”

  • Reference back to having a “northern attitude” and is more sad like when you have the winter blues. It also talks about the “coldness of the heart is boiling” as if he is winter while she is the summer and them colliding has caused his heart to melt. 
  • 4/5

10. “First Light”

  • This song describes the first feeling of falling in love, the picturesque honeymoon faze, and how he never wants to be alone again. It is simple and yet so complex. 
  • 4/5

9. “Who We Are”

  • Connects back to “I, Carrion” talking about falling and sacrifice. It explains the feeling of chasing someone else’s dream and only knowing what you truly had when its gone. One of my favorite lines being, “falling from you, drop by drop.”
  • 4/5

8. “De Selby (Part 2)”

  • Immediate blend from part 1, and then turns funky. The darkness of love and how it can be all consuming. This song works to develop the yearning to forget about the world and allow love to consume your every thought, not letting go of the rose colored lenses. 
  • 4.5/5

7. “Unknown/Nth”

  • Talks about learning who someone is because so much of life is unknown. It explains how so many little things go unnoticed and how precious it is to learn the little things someone else does in a day. 
  • 4.5/5

6. “Butchered Tongue”

  • This song is centered around being homesick and wanting to go back to the language of his native land.
  • 4.5/5

5. “First Time”

  • Develops the feelings of being unneeded or unworthy and then seen. Finally discussing feeling the ways that you can be convinced to enjoy life even when you feel like you are losing yourself.
  • 4.5/5

4. “Eat Your Young”

  • This is one of the more conventional sounding songs, but it still has Hozier twang. It feels more satiric against the world and the dog eat dog attitude of society.
  • 5/5

3. “Anything But”

  • The most upbeat and happy song on the album. It feels like a song from “Rio,” and talks about all the things to be done as a body of water, the change that can be made. Creates the picture of just wanting to run away. 
  • 5/5

2. “Abstract (Psychopomp)”

  • This song discusses the feelings of lost love such as melancholy with repetition of “see how it shines”. It also describes being terrified of never being able to escape a specific part of your past. 
  • 5/5

1. “I, Carrion (Icarian)”

  • A perfect demonstration of feeling bliss and peace. The world falls away and it is just you… like the story of Icarus, and yet the world carries on and she should too if you fall apart from one another. 
  • 5/5
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Amber Straub
Amber Straub, Reporter
Amber Straub is a senior and first year Beaver Tales staff member. She enjoys writing small works, reading, art, and music. She has three older dogs and five cats total (two of those being rescue kittens). She is also a current member of the Corry Key Club and enjoys helping with volunteer work in her free time.