1976's Across the Broad Atlantic is one of the Wolfe Tones' most impressive albums. A concept album along the lines of Peter Bellamy's ballad operas, Across the Broad Atlantic mixes traditional songs with new material to tell a dramatic story of emigration. The forced emigration of Irish men from their native land to America is a defining story of both nations' history in the 19th century, with poverty, religious persecution, and bigotry in evidence, but there's no sense of victimhood in these songs or performances; tunes like the rueful "Paddy on the Railway" are sung with wry humor and joyful relish, along with the expected affront and outrage. No more an anti-American album than it could possibly be an anti-Irish album (this was recorded during the Bicentennial, remember), Across the Broad Atlantic is unsparing, but ultimately uplifting, and one of the Wolfe Tones' finest albums.
AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason