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"Francesca" by Hozier - only he could make the second circle of hell sound ethereally desirable.

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Multi-platinum artist Andrew John Hozier-Byrne, professionally monikered as Hozier, is an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His melodies draw inspiration from folk, soul, and blues. The themes in his songs often include religious and literary symbolism. He had his international breakthrough after releasing his debut single, "Take Me to Church". Because of his upbringing in the countryside, Hozier's early music incorporated aspects from artists like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Bukka White, and Tom Waits.

"Francesca", based on the tale of Francesca de Rimini and Paolo from Divine Comedy written by Dante Alighieri, takes us to the second circle of hell where lust dwells. Hozier's soulful vocals at the beginning, and the sensual ebb and flow of the music through the song, make you feel as if you are Francesca herself. The guitar riffs and drums add weight to the captivating lyricism. " Heaven is not fit to house a love like you and I." Hozier's unique voice quality makes such emotionally charged lines more intense. The artist states, "The personal is Political" and hides symbolism in his creations. It is truly admirable how he brings up sex and sexuality through "Francesca" without objectifying or degrading women. The end has to be the best part. It can only be described as pure, dynamic magic.

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