“Almost (Sweet Music)” by Hozier
“Almost” is a song in which Hozier weaves a tale of not feeling like himself due to his interactions with the outside world. So to remedy the situation, he resorts to listening to classic jazz music by renowned artists. And throughout this track, he mentions the songs that he uses to calm himself down and get his “color back” by name. In other words, “Almost” serves as a venue in which Hozier gives a shoutout to his favorite tracks and singers, the same tunes and artists he turns to whenever he is personally feeling out of his rhythm.
Famous songs referenced in “Almost (Sweet Music)”
In all, Hozier references at least 17 of his favorite songs in the lyrics of this track. They are as follows:
- “Stella by Starlight” by Frank Sinatra
- “That Was My Heart” by Ella Fitzgerald
- “Sweet Jazz Music” by Jelly Roll Morton
- “Dancing In The Dark” by Duke Ellington
- “Let’s Get Lost” by Chet Baker
- “Let The Good Times Roll” by Ray Charles
- “Smoke Rings” by Sam Cooke
- “Paper Doll” by The Mills Brothers
- “It Don’t Mean A Thing” by Louis Armstrong
- “My Foolish Heart” by Bill Evans Trio
- “The Very Thought Of You” by Nat King Cole
- “Am I Blue” by Ray Charles
- “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane
- “I Get Along Without You Very Well” by Chet Baker
- “Russian Lullaby” by Ella Fitzgerald
- “It’s All Alright With Me” by Ella Fitzegerald
- “Night And Day” by Ella Fitzegerald
In all, Hozier can be said to be using the lyrics of “Almost (Sweet Music” to pay tribute to the aforementioned iconic musicians and their songs.
Facts about “Almost (Sweet Music)”
- “Almost” was written by Hozier. He later collaborated with record producer Markus Dravs to produce the song.
- The track was dropped on January 16, 2019. It was the first single Hozier released in 2019.
- It is the second track on Hozier’s second studio album Wasteland, Baby! On that same album appears the song “Movement“.