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State of the Nation

by Sonic Bubonic

"State of the Nation" charts the rise and fall of the so called "Celtic Tiger", the Irish economic miracle which ended in tears. It has 10 musical tracks each featuring the voices of some of the people at the heart of what went on during those crazy times
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. And So..
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0:15 album only
2. My View
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2:48 $0.99
3. Stock Picks
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2:56 $0.99
4. The Second Coming
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2:58 $0.99
5. The Contagion
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3:26 $0.99
6. Flight of the Earls
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3:23 $0.99
7. Sons and Daughters
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8. Reap What You Sow
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9. Enough Is Enough
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10. Au Revoir
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1:17 album only
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Album Notes
The album opens with "And So" a track featuring former Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey opineing with great pomposity and no little irony on the nature of Government and it's role in society. Rich coming from a man whose idea of service was to exploit political office for personal enrichment! "My View" which kicks off with then Irish Prime Minister wondering why critics of his economic policies "don't commit suicide", reflects the "debate" that went on in the national parliament regarding the wisdom or otherwise of economic development at break neck speed. "Stock Tips" is based around the exuberant growth that took place in the Irish economy. If proof is needed that investments can "go down as well as up" , this is it. "The Second Coming" is the sound of the wheels coming off for Ireland while "The Contagion" juxtaposes the panic that gripped both the markets and the bewildered country while Irish Government Ministers described the situation as "fiction". Former Government Minister John O'Donoghue delivers a lament about emigration and the export of Ireland's talented youth in "Flight of the Earls". Little did he know when he smugly delivered it saying emigration was a thing of the past. Irish revolutionary, Prime Minister and President Eamon De Valera calls the Irish Diaspora to break the "chains that bind your sweet sad Mother" in "Sons and Daughters" a haunting piece on emigration. As he says himself, "you have only to have the will, the way is so clear". The album moves into its final phase with "You Reap What You Sow" a call to "stop the madness". The theme is continued in "Enough is Enough" a mixture of "found" voices and a disembodied vocal performance by an iPad app! Finally the album draws to a close with "Au Revoir" a short track featuring Richard "Tricky Dicky" Nixon and Charles J Haughey two politicians whose self regard was in direct proportion to the damage they inflicted on popular faith in politics. Au Revoir indeed ......


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