The long-awaited Hozier version of Noah Kahan’s classic song, “Northern Attitude,” has finally come. Hozier doesn’t enter the song until the second chorus and yet adds an entirely new dynamic. His Irish accent mixed with Kahan’s occasional twang (even being from the Northeastern US) brings a substantial contrast to the initial version.
Not only that, but Hozier adds emphasis to different words or syllables of the original Kahan version, which again brings an entirely new life to the track. Hozier’s incredibly beautiful and long belt after his verse quite literally brought tears to my eyes. It was exactly what I didn’t know this song was missing.
Then, the second chorus comes. The harmony of these two incredibly talented artists’ beautiful voices in conjunction with each other will envelop you like a warm hug. Both singers are heard so clearly through every line they sing together- which I consider remarkable. To make the song even more complex, the artists have enough range to switch off the high and low melodies.
I don’t know of a more complementary pair to take on such a euphonious piece of art. Noah Kahan and Hozier both took to TikTok to proclaim that only this version of the song can be listened to now—I could not agree more.
Run Time: 4:27
Release Date: November 10, 2023
Record Label: Mercury Records/ Republic Records