Flogging Molly
Float


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
November 14th, 2012 | 22 replies | 1,668 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent fourth edition to Flogging Molly’s discography that’s held back only by a feeling of déjà vu.

After shifting towards a more experimental folk rock sound with their third album Within A Mile From Home, the Irish-Punk outfit Flogging Molly were facing a dilemma. Although they gained some new fans with their most folk inspired album to date, they were also losing fans who missed the high energy songs found on the band’s debut or their sophomore effort. Like many bands at this point in their career, Flogging Molly did what made sense and returned to their roots. The result is an excellent album that’s sure to please fans of the band’s early work, but due to the feeling of deja vu it lacks the classic feel of the band’s first two releases.

Kicking off the band’s fourth album Float is the well placed ‘Requiem For A Dying Song’. The track is vintage Flogging Molly and it’s a nice return to form after their last release. Like many of the band’s best songs it’s overflowing with energy as all the instruments are in full force and blend together seamlessly. Due to the impressive musicianship, even the bass can be heard and it enhances the songs along with the band’s unique instruments such as the tin whistle and the accordion. Following the second track, the listener is given another dose of adrenaline with ‘Paddy’s Lament’. Dave King sounds as good as ever as he dishes out some of his most impressive vocals on the entire album. He doesn’t sound quite as gruff as the band’s debut, but his voice is full of an aggressive attitude that seemed to be missing from the band’s previous release. Much like the first song, it’s packed with energy, but King’s outstanding vocals make it one of the best offerings on the album.

For those who enjoyed the change of pace on Flogging Molly’s last album, there is still plenty to be enjoyed here. Following the one-two punch of the first two songs is the more relaxed ‘Float.’ The dark and almost haunting song starts with nothing but acoustic guitars as King sings “Drank away the rest of the day, wonder what my liver’d say? Drink, that’s all you can.” As the song progresses other instruments like the violin and the accordion come into play adding even more emotion to the experience. It’s not the only somber track however, as the band closes the album with the poignant ‘The Story So Far.’ Unlike ‘Float’, the song is very cheerful and it’s just hard not to smile when listening to it. Their ballads have always been somewhat depressing, but the band throws a curveball with ‘The Story So Far.’ It’s an unexpected way to close the album, but it’s hard not to enjoy it’s cheerful, yet somber nature.

Flogging Molly’s Float isn’t a complete return to form for the band, but it’s an excellent album in its own right that’s sure to please fans of their earlier work. It’s no simple task for seven musicians to work together so well, but the band knocks the ball out of the park again on their enjoyable fourth effort. It’s held back slightly by a feeling of deja vu, but there’s still enough creativity to keep the album going strong. It may not be the band‘s best work, but it’s every bit as impressive as the their third album and the Irish-Punk attitude has returned, making “Float” another worthwhile listen for any fan of the band or those who enjoy Celtic influences.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



19610 Comments


worth checking out if you're a fan of flogging molly and you haven't heard it. one of their most overlooked albums.

album stream:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T-WchhtTFw

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



19610 Comments


@Pestiferous, yeah but i re listened to this and it was better than i remembered.

thanks for the pos.

here's individual streams for those who don't want to check the whole album.

Paddy's Lament

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYDzcx2Vlgs

Float

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzgDTonIlxs

The Story So Far (closing track)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfUqjOsVVAg


menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



15881 Comments


"even the bass can be heard and even enhances"
even the bass can be heard and it enhances

99% of sput reviews have the phrase 'sophomore effort'

only kidding, very nice review

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Fluttertrank
November 13th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, this a good album.

also posd.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



19610 Comments


thanks menawati, but what's wrong with saying "even" enhances? :P
i said it that way because i think it's rare for bass to enhance a song but maybe i'll change it

@menawati, nvmd i saw the word even was there twice looks bad you're right...fixed

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



15881 Comments


it was the two evens right after each other

"Due to the impressive musicianship, even the bass can be heard and even enhances the songs along with"

well u need no comma, u could say 'it even' at the second even but even then there are two evens

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



49955 Comments


Hey it's that diamond question mark thing from all the old reviews on the site

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



19610 Comments


@menawati haha i edited my response above yeah i noticed there were 2 evens thanks for the feedback.

@ Trebor, :3

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



15881 Comments


i think he used an accented character, oh its gone now

ViralOblivion
November 13th 2012



7679 Comments


ill check them out when i can good review man

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



19610 Comments


should all be gone now!! (it was deja vu)

also thanks flutter and viral

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012



15881 Comments


viral this is why i said birdy num num for your avatar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ov5fvCHmxo

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2012



19610 Comments


Thanks man

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2012



19610 Comments


Bumping this because it wasn't on the home page very long at all (which always seems to be my luck!)

worth checking if you haven't heard it and you like the band's other work (Links on the home page for those who want to listen)

thelastsignal
November 21st 2012



1257 Comments


Great review, Atari. I've always wanted to listen to more of Flogging Molly; should I start with this?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2012



19610 Comments


thanks man.

well what albums have you heard?

thelastsignal
November 21st 2012



1257 Comments


I've only heard Drunken Lullabies in its entirety, and that was a long time ago haha.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2012



19610 Comments


well their debut swagger is their best other than drunken lullabies so i would recommend checking that one out first

Toondude10
January 26th 2013



3615 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't really like this one as much as Speed of Darkness. In fact I think that it's probably their worst album. But I still like it.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2013



19610 Comments


Yeah this definitely isn't their best but it's still great IMO. Swagger and drunken lullabies are phenomenal though



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