Hozier considers there to be a difference between making music and writing songs. "To me the words are the core, that's where the character and story is," he told The Sunday Telegraph
. "I'm fascinated with what a song can be in the eyes of history, a snapshot of an era, almost like a photograph of the times the songwriter lived in. Whether that's songs from the early 20th century mentioning rations and lines for food or Justin Bieber singing 'baby, baby, baby
,' you get an insight into the cultural mentality and society's values, hopes and fears."