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And Now It's Come to This

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This five-member, Scotch-Irish, Orlando, Florida-based band has been hard to pin down since they came on the scene in 1993. Are they a Celtic band that plays rock or vice versa? Either way, the combo's seamless blend of kilt-powered rock is powerful. The band's name is a tribute to the seven Celtic nations: Galicia, Cornwall, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and Brittany. Lead vocalist/composer Kirk McLeod, who also plays highland bagpipes, keyboards, and acoustic and electric guitars, is joined by drummer Ashton Geoghagan, Scott Long on the bagpipes and mandolin, fiddle player and step dancer Dan Stacey, and bassist-vocalist Struby. Coming on the heels of their Anglo progenitors Nazareth and Fairport Convention, the group's latest CD is on the Razor & Tie label. It's produced by Robert Carranza, the Grammy-winning producer for Beck, Rage Against the Machine, and Ozomatli. Seven Nations deliver their folksy but forceful sounds in a tight, radio-friendly format. Think of an emerald-tinged, rockish version of Riverdance and you'll capture the spring-heeled bounce of this outfit. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: June 25, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • ASIN: B000068785
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In my last review, I put this album at 3 stars. I've since changed my mind.
This album marks a massive change for Seven Nations. A lot of fans may not like this change. Don't listen to this album for the good old Seven Nations sound...you won't find it. But I can not mark this album so low for what it is not...I must mark it for what it attempts to do and totally succeeds at. It rocks.
This album is marked by a much edgier Seven Nations than we are used to. The music is much more guitar-driven sound, with bagpipes and fiddle taking a backseat in most songs to Kirk's amazing voice, and some rocking guitar work! But this creates a new sound that is distinctly Seven Nations. The final cut, Last Call sounds like a cross between Green Day, Five Iron Frenzy, and Blink 182, but the bagpipe and fiddle interludes breaking up the verses are DISTINCTLY vintage Seven Nations. Do not be put off by the new sound. Listen to it with fresh ears, and you will hear a fresh sound that will have you singing some of these songs for days!
Seven Nations has been taking steps in this direction since the Factory, and you may or may not like it, but it's inevitable. However, if you can look at this album from a different standpoint, you will like it. What does it remind me of? Hard to say. In parts, it reminds me of Lit. Other parts remind me of The Beatles. Sometimes they remind me of Caedmon's Call. But mostly, they remind me of Seven Nations....with a new haircut
They do an amazing job of making this new sound totally theirs, and you have to give them props for this. This album really does ROCK!!! Buy it and enjoy!!
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I was very very fortunate to see Seven Nations live in DeLand, FL recently. I was completely blown away. Within three songs I went and purchased this CD along with The Factory. Both are absolutely fantastic. I haven't stopped listening to them since the concert.
This album is a little different than the The Factory however. It places more emphasis on the rock, and less on the traditional celtic tunes in The Factory. So, if you want more alternative and less bagpipes, get this CD. If you want more traditional folk with electric guitars, buy The Factory.
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I'm not a rock fan, but I love this albumn. I first heard 7N at a Scottish Festival when they were still Clan Na Gael. I have their albums and have followed their music since. None of their CDs (including Road Kill 1 & 2) touch their live performances.

I was a bit surprised when I read the reviews on this album. While I agree it's less Celtic than the others, I find myself listening to this album more than their others. The songs are original and the lyrics strong.
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This strays a bit from the traditional 7N's sound, but it still works. As well as more popish sounding songs like The Little Yellow Bus, there's a vintage cut of "Up to Me" done to a faster beat that totally rocks. Truth be told, this CD took a few listenings to grow on me, but it's now one of my favorites. So far I've bought 4 copies, as I keep losing them or loaning them out. I suggest buying several spares.
Good job boys!
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By A Customer on June 30, 2002
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This review may be a little contradictory, but here I go...
When I first popped this cd into the player I was overly disappointed...Expecting more Celtic/Rock like previous albums.I thought, what happened to Seven Nations? Why are they morphing into pop??? I always LOVED this band for their individuality...No one else was like them. Somehow I felt betrayed. I refused to give up, I listened again and again, and found myself in love again! This is truly great music! It's infectious and addicting with amazing song writing and catchy beats.
Don't get me wrong, I truly miss the traditional celtic flavor...bagpipes and all.Maybe that's why I couldn't give this cd more than 4 stars.I think others will be
disappointed in the change, but give this cd a good listen, it's worth it.
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"and now it's come to this" is an aggressive, spirited, rock and roll album that breaks away from the enjoyable but restrictive "Celtic rock" formula. Kirk McLeod's songwriting has never been more confident. Despite what other customer reviews might say, 7N's pipes and fiddle are quite present in most of the songs -- they're just experimenting with them. For example, in "You'd Be Mine" Scott Long's playing his pipes through a wah-wah pedal. Other songs, such as "Waiting for Midnight," "Asleep for Days," "jump_START (peace)" and "Last Call," have more traditional instrumentation but wind up in completely nontraditional destinations. "Last Call" is one of the most enjoyable party songs I ever heard, "My Sweet Liberty" is nicely funky, and "Wonderful" is a strong rock anthem.
This is an exciting, tight album that doesn't take away from the accomplishments of previous albums. Putting the self-titled "Seven Nations" and this album together, you get a great picture of the complete range of this up-and-coming band.
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Enough griping . . .the negative reviewers below are certainly entitled to their opinions, but most of them are reacting solely to the notion that this disc is not "Celtic" enough, especially compared with other 7N releases. If that's your criteria, and you need your bagpipes and fiddle more front and center, then this is probably not the CD for you.

On the other hand, if your musical tastes aren't so narrow, and you enjoy well-crafted, hook-laden, melodic rock with folk, pop AND Celtic influences, this is a great CD. Lots of variety, from driving alt-rock and power pop featuring crunchy power chords ("You'd Be Mine," "Wonderful," "Up to Me" -- hello, bagpipes!) to acoustic-flavored folk-rock ("The Big Yellow Bus") to folk-pop with a light funk/jazzy bass line ("Sweet Liberty") to the Celtic fiddle-based instrumental "Jump Start Peace" to the beautiful pop-rock of "Very Nice" -- there's plenty to like here, and the variety of styles are all well-served by Kirk McLeod's distinctive vocals.

Personally, I don't see the need to bash a disc simply because it doesn't fit a preconceived bias of what a 7N release "should" sound like. One mark of a good band is the ability to shine in a variety of styles and genres. Good music is good music, and this one's a gem.
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