Sparse, subdued, and sultry, Hozier seduces with “Work Song”. The title pays homage to the traditional blues genre, and the song itself does not stray far. A low hum is slowly punctuated by steady hand claps and Hozier’s agonizingly articulate voice, working through the dark infusion of love and mortality.
When, my, time comes around
Lay me gently in the cold dark earth
No grave can hold my body down
I’ll crawl home to her
This track is an ode to certain kind of rough, unadulterated love, and the lyricism is striking in its raw beauty. I couldn’t help but get shivers listening to this song the first time, (and most subsequent times) as Hozier leads us through a passionate affair that seems to end badly.
In an interview with Nashville Scene Hozier explains the inner workings of his mind: “Even the stuff that deals with social issues is me trying to make sense of myself,” Hozier says. “I suppose it [his music] looks at some of the more awful things about being alive, but it tries to find beautiful parts about being alive, as terrible as it can be.”
The self titles album is out today.