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  • Summary: Te second full-length release for the Irish singer-songwriter features a guest appearance from Mavis Staples.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Feb 28, 2019
    100
    Lyrically, Hozier aims high, addressing social and emotional issues against a backdrop of political and generational anxiety. He uses bold, mythic imagery with a playful spirit that hints at the dark wit of Leonard Cohen.
  2. 83
    Even though Hozier doesn’t bring anything immensely innovative to the album, Wasteland, Baby! is still a delightful experience that radiates with feeling.
  3. Mar 4, 2019
    70
    There's more than a hint of soul and gospel, tempered with arty arena rock that's drawn equally from U2 and Peter Gabriel--but the overall feeling isn't anguished, it's consoling. It's a subtle but notable shift that lends emotional gravity to a singer/songwriter who already favored weighty topics.
  4. Q Magazine
    Feb 28, 2019
    60
    It's when Hozier tries to do throwaway, good-time tracks that the record falters slightly. [Apr 2019, p.119]
  5. Mar 1, 2019
    60
    Wasteland, Baby! has enough encouraging displays of maturation to feel like a transitional moment for Hozier. 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.
  6. Uncut
    Feb 28, 2019
    50
    It lacks a distinctive identity. [Apr 2019, p.31]
  7. 40
    Andrew Hozier-Byrne’s second album Wasteland, Baby! is still stuck mid-sermon, albeit emaciated from surviving solely on stale communion wafers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Mar 1, 2019
    10
    I absolutely love this album! It has great acoustic riffs in it, it has a gorgeous vocal line and it just blew me away!
  2. Mar 1, 2019
    10
    amazing album i really love it i tried to write another review but i think it got deleted. 10/10 album, it has a great visual and amazing vocal lines
  3. Mar 1, 2019
    10
    Hozier, well known for deep, soulful music, brings it back with Wasteland, Baby! Most loving and lovely songs produced in this decade. CriticsHozier, well known for deep, soulful music, brings it back with Wasteland, Baby! Most loving and lovely songs produced in this decade. Critics are cowards for not recognizing the soft and sweet beauty of being consumed by the earth with your darling. Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2019
    9
    Unlike with the first album, where I immediately loved every song on it and the special edition, there's one song that I skip on 'WastelandUnlike with the first album, where I immediately loved every song on it and the special edition, there's one song that I skip on 'Wasteland Baby!' Though, my favourite songs on this album I think are stronger than those I love on the original. It's so refreshing to hear something like this album especially when some music today seem to mimic each other, with albums usually consisting of bland filler and one or two hit singles. I really appreciate this album. Expand
  5. Mar 5, 2019
    8
    An atmospheric and cohesive album, Hozier delivers a strong second album (just his second record) were the simpler acoustic songs (As It Was,An atmospheric and cohesive album, Hozier delivers a strong second album (just his second record) were the simpler acoustic songs (As It Was, Talk, Be) matter the same as the stronger pieces (Nina Cried Powe, To noise Making, Dinner & Diatribes, Sunlight). Although the album could have been shorten a bit by taking off one or two tracks, the album is well-balanced and delivers more than enough, by mentioning subjects such as politics, love, happiness, and the legacy of music. Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2019
    7
    No doubt Hozier will always have "Take Me to Church" as his shadow, as is customary when an artist is very successful with his first album, heNo doubt Hozier will always have "Take Me to Church" as his shadow, as is customary when an artist is very successful with his first album, he is always questioned if that song is annoying and things like that and there is a high expectation of what will be in the next album. Like many of us, we all met Hozier thanks to "Take Me to Church" that personally made me move many things inside me and more when I saw the video clip, it is a very important song in my life. In this album he returns to play political themes as in his last album, many would think that it is monotonous, repetitive and boring but I do not think, usually the singer-songwriters always keep the same musical line which characterizes them as their voice, the has a great voice is excellent, his previous EP "Nina Cried Power" is pretty good I do not know why I do not add the other 2 songs that were missing. "Movement" and "Nina Cried Power" with Mavis Staples are the best tracks of this album, they maintain that essence of their debut album. It is a very good album almost at the height of its predecessor, with those gospel choirs and the organ that I like so much to hear make a good harmony with your voice. I certainly do not disappoint. Expand
  7. May 13, 2019
    3
    Not a single track outperforms Shrike before well, Shrike, which has already appeared in the previous EP released last year. The album is atNot a single track outperforms Shrike before well, Shrike, which has already appeared in the previous EP released last year. The album is at its best when it comes to the stripped-back, guitar-driven songs, and worst with the awkward soulful choirs packed with some really tiring overproduction. Expand

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