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Hozier - From Eden

"From Eden" is a song recorded by Irish singer-songwriter Hozier for his 2014 eponymous debut studio album. It was released on 9 March 2014 as the second single from the record and peaked at number two on the Irish Singles Chart and number fifteen on the Billboard Hot Rock and Alternative Songs Chart. An accompanying music video was released in November 2014, featuring actress Katie McGrath.

Hozier - From Eden

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"From Eden" is the sixth track from the album, written by Hozier alone.[1] "From Eden" is one of the experimental tracks on the album, with Motown influences breaking down a flamenco bridge while returning to religious metaphor; the lyrics contain "torturous Biblical ponderings", with Hozier slithering from the Garden of Eden to confront a love he deems "familiar/like my mirror, years ago".[2][3] In rhythmical terms, the track follows a predominantly 5/4 time signature.

"From Eden" received praise from critics; The Irish Times commended the track for its "grit and substance" and exclaimed that Hozier's vocals contained a "blue-eyed, soulful delivery", while PopMatters stated that the song saw the Four Tops quartet "put their arms around young Hozier" as he realises a "journey as much about finding himself as it is about finding the girl."[3][4]

The official music video for "From Eden" was released on 18 November 2014. Actress Katie McGrath and child actor Tate Birchmore star alongside Hozier in the video, which contrasts a "life of crime" with the breezy melody and lyrics, resulting in conflicting emotional circumstances.[12][13] It depicts Hozier as an outlaw with his companion, McGrath, and young boy they've taken into their company while on the run.[13] Hozier robs a gas station and the trio commandeer a house in which to spend the night; the pair are subsequently caught, with the boy being taken from their custody. It is revealed that the couple had found the boy alone in a dilapidated house.[13] The video has garnered over 43 million views on YouTube.[14]

"Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago," he sings. "Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword / Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know / I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door."

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With vocals to die for and an inborn nack for soul, this scruffy Irish musician got his start singing with Celtic choral group Anúna. He treaded into bluesier waters in 2013 with the release of his EP Take Me to Church, whose title track shot to ubiquity. The contemporary bluesman hits Millennium Park just before Blues Fest to play from his '14 release, From Eden. 041b061a72


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