Floating into the Night

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Floating into the Night
A porcelain doll floating against a black background. Pink block text with wide kerning below reads "Julee Cruise"; grey block text placed below reads "Floating", followed by gold block text reading "into the Night".
Studio album by Julee Cruise
Released September 12, 1989 (1989-09-12)
Studio Excalibur Sound in New York City, New York, United States
Length 47:56
Label Warner Bros.
Producer David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti
Julee Cruise chronology
Floating into the Night
The Voice of Love
Singles from Floating into the Night
  1. "Falling"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart"
    Released: 1990

Floating into the Night is the debut album by the American dream pop musician Julee Cruise. It was released on September 12, 1989 on Warner Bros. Records.


Floating into the Night was produced, and all songs were written by, composer Angelo Badalamenti and film director David Lynch. Badalamenti composed the music to which Lynch wrote the lyrics.[1] Two singles were released from the album: "Falling" and "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart",[2] both of which are featured in Lynch's television series, Twin Peaks. An instrumental version of "Falling" is used as the theme song to the series.

In addition to the two singles, a number of other tracks from Floating into the Night appeared in Twin Peaks, including "Into the Night", "The Nightingale" and "The World Spins". "Mysteries of Love" is featured in Lynch's 1986 film Blue Velvet;[3] "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart", "Into the Night", "I Float Alone" and "The World Spins" are performed in the 1990 Lynch production Industrial Symphony No. 1;[4] and "The World Spins" is featured on the soundtrack to the 2003 film The Company.[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]
Robert Christgau B−[8]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[9]

Upon its release, Floating into the Night received a mixed review from The Village Voice editor Robert Christgau, who rated it a B− and said that "[Cruise's] sentimental schlock and quasi-classical quietude are at the forefront of the latest hip convolutions. And when admirers claim she sounds best in a dark room at three in the morning, I wonder whether she puts them to sleep too."[8] Writing a retrospective review for AllMusic, Ned Raggett referred to the album as "more or less [the] unofficial soundtrack [to] Twin Peaks" and added that "the combination of Cruise's sweet, light tones, Lynch's surprisingly affecting lyrics … and Angelo Badalamenti's combination of retro styles and modern ambience, is a winner throughout. The feeling is one of a [19]50s jukebox suddenly plunged into a time warp, dressed with extra sparkle and with a just-sleepy-enough, narcotic feeling." Raggett awarded the album four out of five stars.[6] In the 1992 The Rolling Stone Album Guide, Floating into the Night was awarded a two-out-of-five star rating.[9]

In 2010 Pitchfork Media included "Falling" at number 146 on its staff list of "The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s"; Tom Ewing said that "[the song] catches you with its dreamy, echo-drenched gentility—like Les Paul and Mary Ford inventing shoegaze in 1961—and inside is one of the decade's simplest and warmest love songs."[10] In 2013 Fact included the album at number 25 on its list of "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s".[11]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by David Lynch, all music composed by Angelo Badalamenti.

No. Title Length
1. "Floating"   4:51
2. "Falling"   5:45
3. "I Remember"   4:11
4. "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart"   5:45
5. "Mysteries of Love"   4:27
6. "Into the Night"   4:42
7. "I Float Alone"   4:33
8. "The Nightingale"   4:54
9. "The Swan"   2:28
10. "The World Spins"   6:38
Total length:


All personnel credits adapted from Floating into the Night's album notes.[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[12] 74
Chart (1991) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[13] 21
New Zealand Albums Chart[14] 11
Swedish Albums Chart[15] 36


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Silver 60,000^
^ shipment figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Floating into the Night (Album notes). Julee Cruise. Warner Bros. Records. 1989. 925 859-1. 
  2. ^ "Julee Cruise | Discography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Lynch, David; Rodley, Chris (2005). Lynch on Lynch (Revised ed.). New York: Faber and Faber. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-5712-2018-2. 
  4. ^ Badalamenti, Angelo; Lynch, David (1990). Industrial Symphony No. 1 (VHS). Warner Reprise Video. 38179-3. 
  5. ^ "The Company [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Floating into the Night – Julee Cruise | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  7. ^ Q - 4 Stars - Excellent - Included in Q's list of the Fifty Best Albums of 1990.
  8. ^ a b "CG: Julee Cruise". Christgau, Robert. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide: The Definitive Guide to the Best of Rock, Pop, Rap, Jazz, Blues, Country, Soul, Folk & Gospel (3rd ed.). Ann Arbor: Random House. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-6797-3729-2. 
  10. ^ Ewing, Tom (August 31, 2010). "Staff Lists: The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 150-101 | Features". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ Lea, Tom; Morpurgo, Joseph; Kelly, Chris; et al. (June 24, 2013). "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s". Fact. The Vinyl Factory. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Julee Cruise – Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Julee Cruise – Floating Into the Night". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Julee Cruise – Floating Into the Night". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Julee Cruise – Floating Into the Night". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 18, 2012.  N.B. User must define search parameters. Enter "Floating Into the Night" into Keywords, select "Title" from Search by and click Go. For more accurate results, check the Exact match.

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