Year 3, Day 24: Flogging Molly – Float
- Requiem for a Dying Song
- (No More) Paddy’s Lament
- You Won’t Make a Fool Out of Me
- The Lightning Storm
- Punch Drunk Grinning Soul
- Us of Lesser Gods
- Between a Man and a Woman
- From the Back of a Broken Man
- Man With No Country
- The Story So Far
About the Album
Float is the fourth studio album by Irish-American punk rockers Flogging Molly. The album debuted at the number four spot on the Billboard 200; reached number one on the Billboard Independent Chart and reached number two on the Billboard Alternative Chart. The album was released in early March 2008.
Thoughts on the Album
In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, I give you the Broad Street Playlist’s third annual Irish rock/pop/punk featurette. So this year’s featured Irish band is Irish-American punk rockers, Flogging Molly. Celtic punk is such a weird (sub)genre for me, where a lot of the bands’ sound and style is hit-or-miss for me. It’s strange. I could listen to bands like Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly and jam out to them. But other Celtic punk bands just make me want to turn them off. Maybe it’s a polish thing? I don’t know.
Anyway, today’s album on Saint Patrick’s Day is Flogging Molly‘s Float. While many criticize the album for being different and unlike their previous releases, Float was met relatively positive praise. Of course, debuting at number four on the Billboard 200 doesn’t hurt either. This album is like a quite a few other albums I have reviewed: give it a second and third and so on listen to it. Believe me, it works wonders listening to albums more than once. It allows you to really soak in the band’s sound, especially if they changed it or experimented with something new.
So, let’s start shall we? Float opens with the well placed track, Requiem for a Dying Song. If you have listened to Flogging Molly before, then you will recognize the vintage FM sound. This song is like many of the band’s greatest songs in that, it’s overflowing with energy as all the instruments are in full force, blending together seamlessly. What enhances the song along with the musicianship is impressive is the bass. The bass can be heard and not only compliments the other unique instruments (looking at you tin whistle) but enhances them.
The second track, Paddy’s Lament gives the listener a jolt of Adrenaline, Pulp Fiction style. The vocals on this track are top notch and impressive and give the album a much needed jolt of aggression that missing on previous releases. Of course, the one-two aggressive and energizing punch of Requiem for a Dying Song and Paddy’s Lament compliment the more relaxed third and titular track, Float. Float is a dark, seemingly haunting track that features acoustic guitars, violins, and other unique instruments. As the song progresses, and the strings and other instruments kick in, it adds more emotion to them.
The album closes with the strangely upbeat yet somber song, The Story So Far. The track despite being poignant and somber, is very cheerful. For me, their ballads have always been downers, but this one throws a 12-6 curve into the mix. Definitely an unexpected way to close the album.
Flogging Molly really hits the spot with Float. While it’s more intimate and less epic than previous releases, it’s a step towards more maturity for the band. This is a clear indicator to me, that this maturity from the band is a sign of greater things to come from them. Each track on this album has it’s own beauty and there is no real weakness or weak point on here. The Irish-punk and Celtic-punk attitude is here to stay from Flogging Molly.
Kiss me, I’m Irish! No really, I am Irish!