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Hozier - Wasteland Baby! (2019) Published: March 1/19 Released: March 1/19 albumAlternative14 Tracks • 57 Minutes
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82%
    SELECTED LINE: Wasteland, Baby! is his return and – despite a hiccup or two, without which would have made for a five-star record – it’s a very welcome one. -The Irish Times
    Wasteland, Baby! is the second studio album by Hozier, released by Rubyworks through Columbia Records from Sony Music Entertainment on March 1, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Nina Cried Power (feat. Mavis Staples)3:45
    2. Almost (Sweet Music)3:37
    3. Movement3:57
    4. No Plan5:31
    5. Nobody3:30
    6. To Noise Making (Sing)3:26
    7. As It Was3:27
    8. Shrike4:58
    9. Talk3:26
    10. Be4:49
    11. Dinner & Diatribes3:44
    12. Would That I4:28
    13. Sunlight4:17
    14. Wasteland, Baby!4:26
℗ 2019 Rubyworks Ltd., under license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Critic Reviews (51)

You must have this album in your discography.

90% 1 month ago

aficia aficia

Complex and deep: Hozier.

1 month ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

He doesn’t disappoint.

1 month ago

BeatRoute BeatRoute

Overall, I think this is a really great album with some very strong songs.

1 month ago

Odyssey Odyssey

It stays true to his style without sacrificing exploration, all the while cementing Hozier’s place in a genre all his own.

80% 1 month ago

The Harvard Crimson The Harvard Crimson

It’s a stunning 14-track collection.

1 month ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

It absolutely confirms all the opinions and all the expectations that we had towards the artist.

100% 1 month ago

SoundOfBrit (FR) SoundOfBrit (FR)

Wasteland, Baby! is tightly produced, and feels like a cohesive, meticulous labour of love.

80% 1 month ago

The Thin Air (IE) The Thin Air (IE)

The album shows off his musical growth and is something that’s worth a deep listen.

1 month ago

Soundigest Soundigest

As a whole, Wasteland, Baby! is an ode to the way we live now.

1 month ago

its all dead its all dead

If you liked 'Take Me To Church' and are looking for a point to hop onboard, this might be the ticket.

70% 1 month ago

Spectrum Pulse (CA) Spectrum Pulse (CA)

The perfect, righteous comeback for one of rock’s most distinguished acts.

84% 1 month ago

Immortal Reviews Immortal Reviews

A darkly romantic mix of rock, gospel, folk, and soul.

1 month ago

Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly (TOP)

A haunting and challenging yet ultimately satisfying listen that anyone genuinely worried about the state of the world will find relatable.

1 month ago


From the blend of instrumentals to the enchanting use of Hozier’s voice, Wasteland, Baby! is an album that celebrates emotion and the wonder of music.

83% 1 month ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

Hozier manages to repeat the mystifications of his original effort – a modern-spun rock album driven by a myriad of once-celebrated genres.

80% 1 month ago

The Spill Magazine (CA) The Spill Magazine (CA)

The man who took us to church tries to take us to the same church, again, 14 times, six years later.

48% 1 month ago


Considering how great Hozier can be at his absolute best, this is a disappointment in a lot of ways.

60% 1 month ago

The Soundboard The Soundboard

It's an easy listen that combines what Hozier fans love about his voice with instrumentation and arrangements that weren't present on his debut.

1 month ago

The Current The Current

Hozier has proven himself more than a one-album wonder and has put some distance between himself and the aforementioned preconceptions.

80% 1 month ago

The Last Mixed Tape The Last Mixed Tape

It’s a lovely sound, but the songwriting veers more towards the serviceable than the inspired.

60% 1 month ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

A gloom reality with undercurrents of hope.

1 month ago


He masterfully spans 50 years of art and activism into 14 solid tracks.

1 month ago

setlist.fm setlist.fm

The album is strongest where songs are serious and delivered with a clear sense of purpose, as on As It Was and the lush title track.

60% 1 month ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

The Irish musician’s new album fails to live up to the promise he showed in 2013 with ‘Take Me to Church’.

40% 1 month ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

Wasteland Baby hooks deep for it’s phrases and writing meant to stick with you about love while carrying you along with a low rhythm.

80% 1 month ago

Music Existence Music Existence

Wasteland, Baby! certainly delivers while edifying the artist as an impactful voice in the art and activism sphere.

1 month ago

PopMatters PopMatters

At its best, the album carves out a space for the singer to work out his creative tensions as he finds new ways to make his straight folk influences more accessible without losing anything along the way.

60% 1 month ago


Unlike the debut, Hozier does not succeed in combining his various influences into a consistent work, and it is astonishing that most of the pieces seem to be very close to the charts again without the creator succeeding in making a veritable hit to produce.

50% 1 month ago

Plattentests.de Plattentests.de

This record should secure his stardom - and though a couple of tracks could be jettisoned, Mr Hozier-Byrne has the passion, musicality and respect to show that he deserves it.

80% 1 month ago

Belfast Telegraph Belfast Telegraph

Some songs are really musical masterpieces, while other songs tend to get bored.

70% 1 month ago

Dansende Beren Dansende Beren

It's when Hozier tries to do throwaway, good-time tracks that the record falters slightly. [Apr 2019, p.119]

60% 1 month ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

Hozier knows his strengths, has a musical vision and has an interest in the world.

80% 1 month ago

lautde lautde

Sometimes religious, sometimes rustic, always with a focus on clean music craftsmanship.

1 month ago

Mittelbayerische Mittelbayerische

Despite a tendency to drift, it’s good to have him back.

60% 1 month ago

Daily Mail Online Daily Mail Online (TOP)

It lacks a distinctive identity. [Apr 2019, p.31]

50% 1 month ago

Uncut Uncut

These songs have a social message that doesn’t ignore the personal, and the resulting album is a dramatic confirmation of a confident talent.

80% 1 month ago

Independent.ie Independent.ie

With Wasteland, Baby!, it looks like Hozier has another major hit on his hands.

90% 1 month ago

Hot Press Hot Press

Andrew Hozier-Byrne’s second album Wasteland, Baby! is still stuck mid-sermon, albeit emaciated from surviving solely on stale communion wafers.

40% 1 month ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

There’s enough to love on Wasteland, Baby! to overshadow the duller moments, though fans of bolder composing might yearn for more adventurous arrangements.

1 month ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

These are love songs for end times, embracing complexity rather than just pointing fingers and firing off platitudes.

100% 1 month ago

The Telegraph (UK) The Telegraph (UK) (TOP)

On Wasteland Baby! it's where he balances despondency with optimism that the magic happens.

60% 1 month ago

theartsdesk.com theartsdesk.com

14 songs of timeless quality, at the same time modern, fresh and committed to their roots, neither interchangeable, nor uniform or predictable.

1 month ago

Sounds and Books Sounds and Books

He forgets, with his easily digestible songs and vague texts full of platitudes, to really stand up for something himself.

50% 1 month ago

humo (BE) humo (BE)

Hozier spreads his range from a soft lull to a roar; allowing his record to have every sentiment that makes you a revolutionary and a romantic.

1 month ago

DiandraReviews DiandraReviews

The Irish singer-songwriter, who made a giant international splash with the massive 2013 hit “Take Me to Church,” is still tackling big topics with big, cinematic sounds on “Wasteland, Baby!”.

75% 1 month ago

Newsday Newsday

“it’s not the waking” of Andrew Hozier-Byrne, “it’s the rising”.

1 month ago

GoldenPlec GoldenPlec

A testament to Hozier’s exceptional talents and a reminder that there is still sincere and exceptional new music being made in 2019.

90% 1 month ago

CrypticRock.com CrypticRock.com

The album ends up one-third excellent – which is progress.

60% 1 month ago

Daily Mail Online Daily Mail Online (TOP)

Hozier gets bogged down in a few of the album’s more earnest moments (“Sunlight” pushes his gospel/blues mix to the hilt), but for the most part, it’s a set that rewards his fans’ patience.

1 month ago

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

Wasteland, Baby! is his return and – despite a hiccup or two, without which would have made for a five-star record – it’s a very welcome one.

80% 1 month ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

abbycat81 month ago
Amazing, as always! And the whole album isn’t even out yet! Soon!! The few he’s released, and the few he’s teased at on Instagram and Twitter are amazing!!!!

Ahdvjhdz2 months ago
Pure Magic!! Cannot wait for the rest of the album!

Oct11-122 months ago
Amazing! Amazing! Every single so far is an instant favorite.

phoebeeet2 months ago
Hozier is god Absolutely stunning album!! Hozier has done it again!!! KING of music— can’t wait for the rest of the album

Mr. quaker2 months ago
Billabong Album is superb. Nothing else would make this better. Except maybe a Keith Richards featured
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