The album's about death. We'll all float on? The common misinterpretation is as follows: "Modest Mouse sold out and 'Float On' is the signature track of their apostasy." There are two kinds of Indie-snobs: dilettantes whose entire purpose of being is to lash out at any act seeking mainstream exposure - sadly, this section of Indie-snobs are becoming more numerous with every passing year and Indie-snobs that actually understand music. I am neither. But what I can offer is the obvious. Lyrically and musically, this album remains true to the band's Indie roots. True, its polished. Which might as well be the apocalypse for those nostalgic for the days of Sad Sappy Sucker and Interstate 8.
Lyrically, Issac Brock deals with some old themes: death, solitude, movement, and stillness. The album is dark, profound, and has a coherent conceptual unity; once again drawing a parallel to the band's best studio album, The Moon and Antarctica (contrary to those who worship Lonesome Crowded West). This album, however, falls short of the near-perfection that was The Moon and Antarctica. Its good nonetheless, radio play be damned. "The World at Large", by the way, shows how far Issac and company has come since songs like "Broke" or "Bankrupt in Selling". They aren't afraid of trying something new - ostensibly for a new crowd.