Float (Flogging Molly album)

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Float
Studio album by Flogging Molly
Released March 4, 2008
Genre Celtic rock, punk rock
Length 39:35
Label SideOneDummy
Producer Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly chronology
Complete Control Sessions
(2007)
Float
(2008)
Live at the Greek Theatre
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Crawdaddy! (favorable)
Spin 7/10 stars [2]
DecoyMusic 3.5/4 stars [3]

Float is the fourth studio album by the Irish-American punk band Flogging Molly. It was released on March 4, 2008, and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling about 48,000 copies in its first week[4] It also reached number one on the Billboard Independent Chart and number two on the Billboard Alternative chart.

The album features a darker and more political subject matter, with less whimsical and punk-influenced music.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Requiem for a Dying Song" - 3:30
  2. "(No More) Paddy's Lament" - 3:24
  3. "Float" - 4:53
  4. "You Won't Make a Fool Out of Me" - 2:43
  5. "The Lightning Storm" - 3:29
  6. "Punch Drunk Grinning Soul" - 4:20 (At the end features a 30-second performance by Tom Corrigan called "Rural Decay")
  7. "Us of Lesser Gods" - 3:19
  8. "Between a Man and a Woman" - 3:21
  9. "From the Back of a Broken Dream" - 3:21
  10. "Man With No Country" - 3:04
  11. "The Story So Far" - 4:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Dave King - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bodhran
  • Bridget Regan - violin, classical guitar, tin whistle, uilleann pipes, vocals
  • Dennis Casey - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Matthew Hensley - accordion, concertina, piano, vocals
  • Nathen Maxwell - bass guitar, vocals
  • Robert Schimdt - 5 string banjo, tenor banjo, mandolin, mandola, vocals
  • George Schwindt - drums, percussion

Reviews[edit]

"Float" received generally positive reviews from critics. While Decoymusic noted that the edge from Flogging Molly's previous albums "Swagger" and "Drunken Lullabies" "isn't there any more," they praised the band for their consistency and for "sharpening their well established sound." In another positive review, Allmusic wrote that "Float" is "full of the boozy, bleary-eyed, fatalistic poetry that makes Irish music at once romantic and grimly realistic." They also noted the album's political themes regarding the treatment of Iraq war veterans ("From the Back of a Broken Dream") and problems with America's capitalist economy ("You Won't Make a Fool out of Me," "Man with No Country," and "Requiem for a Dying Song"). Spin Magazine's review pointed to the band's non-Irish influences evident on the album, including Motörhead, Johnny Cash and John Lennon.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart 27
Finland Albums Chart 26
German Albums Chart 45
New Zealand Albums Chart 37
Swedish Albums Chart 36
Swiss Albums Chart 91
Belgium Albums Chart 81
US Billboard 200 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Float (Flogging Molly album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  2. ^ Float (Flogging Molly album) at Spin, Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  3. ^ Float (Flogging Molly album) at Decoy Music, Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  4. ^ Katie Hasty, "Alan Jackson Bests Janet To Top Billboard 200", Billboard.com, March 12, 2008.