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The Man Who Built America

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Album Review

A concept album about an Irish emigrant who makes a success of himself in the US, this album is energetic and often engaging, with some excellent songs ("The Man Who Built America") and some tepid stretches. The Irish content is fairly subdued here, with the overall sound favoring rock songs built around moderately complicated hooks.

Biography

Formed: 1970

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

At one point in the mid-'70s, Horslips seemed poised to become Ireland's answer to Steeleye Span. But they also had a shot at being the next Jethro Tull (only a better hard rock outfit), or maybe Genesis, or even Yes in their folkier moments. Those events never quite happened, but Horslips released half-a-dozen...
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