Artist: "Flogging Molly"
Album: "Float"
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Side One Dummy

Reviewer: Protoclown
Posted: 3/17/2008

Review: Float probably isn't Flogging Molly's best overall album to date, but it's definitely a damned worthy addition to their catalog. A seven-piece band has got to play together well or they'll sound like a wall of crap, and fortunately Flogging Molly has gotten musically tighter on every album. It certainly helps that they've never swapped out a member in the decade they've been around, and for a band that size who's been around that long to make that claim, well, that's pretty impressive. I mean, okay, sure, U2 hasn't had a lineup change in like 30 years, but there's half as many people in that band and they're also totally gay for each other.

As with any Flogging Molly album, there are plenty of fast tempo political songs, including "(No More) Paddy's Lament", about a united Ireland, and a few slower romantic songs, but for me the highlight of the album definitely has to be the title track for the way it starts with just an acoustic guitar and gradually brings in the rest of the instruments as the song progresses. Bridget Regan's violin, err sorry, fiddle (being my favorite instrument), gets plenty of chances to shine here, standing out in particular on the tracks "Float" and "Between a Man and a Woman" for me. More bands need violins. And banjos.

I do have to say that of all the album closers, "The Story So Far" is probably my least favorite simply by nature of it not being very depressing. I've kind of come to expect Flogging Molly's albums to end on a sad note, and the fact that this one does not is a little disorienting to me. It's not a bad song at all, but by no means is it as moving as the I'm gonna go slash my wrist now "Far Away Boys". It's a song about surviving the hardships that life throws at you, and that's really the overlying theme found throughout the whole album.

I don't know if this album is going to earn Flogging Molly any new fans (though it should), but for anyone who likes their previous work, you certainly won't find any disappointment here.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Simpson's Trivia King
Mar 17th, 2008, 01:10 PM
ah, I'm just getting into Flogging Molly but I already love every song I've heard. I haven't heard anything from this album yet but I'll be sure to check it out.
The Resident Redneck
Mar 17th, 2008, 02:29 PM
I have liked them for a while. I did find something out with the past few albums. When you pre-order them,(yes I actually buy music not just download everything) you get a free t-shirt. After the shipping it is about the same as buying it out of the store. I believe I paid sixteen bucks for mine with shipping.
Suicidal Chipmunk
Mar 17th, 2008, 07:01 PM
How would you describe the sound of this band too someone who's never heard it... this band sounds like one i might like.
Mar 17th, 2008, 07:15 PM
Eh, I saw them live and upon hearing their first song was like "Hey! They have a cool sound!" ..Then every song after that sounded exactly the same. Meh.
Fookin' up planets!
Mar 18th, 2008, 04:45 AM
I saw them live on Friday night and they tore the fucking House of Blues apart! They put on a hell of a tight show and were energetic as all hell and the crows ate up every min.

Oh and Saturday I saw Gogol Bordello and they tore that shit up too.

2 great shows in two days and they even share the same label, SideOneDummy.
Retardedly Handsome
Mar 18th, 2008, 10:40 AM
I saw them a few years ago. They are definitely a band that you need to see live.

I guess the best way describe them is kinda Irish-folkish-punkish-rock...its good music to drink a Guinness too.
Mar 19th, 2008, 08:55 PM
The BEST time I've ever seen them was in 2001 at warped tour. It was held at a park right on Lake Erie, as soon as they started playing the rain came down with Thunder in the background. They continued their entire set. The rain only stopped after they were finished.

I'm just lucky I was wearing two pairs of socks that day because they totally rocked one pair off.
Forum Virgin
Mar 20th, 2008, 08:08 AM
You know, Dave King was the lead singer for the hair metal band Fastway back in the 80s. They had Fast Eddie Clarke from Motorhead on guitar.
Forum Virgin
Mar 21st, 2008, 12:13 PM
I'm gonna get this cd eventually- I've only got "Drunken Lullabies" and "Whiskey on a Sunday." Good stuff. And contrary to popular belief, they don't play that "Irish Drinking Song" that is attributed to them so often on lyric sites and youtube videos. That's by Buck-O-Nine.
Can't even THINK straight
Mar 21st, 2008, 11:15 PM
Love them, if you like this then try looking up Dropkick Murphys.