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Goo Goo Dolls Let Love In Warner Bros.
· Produced By: Glen Ballard

· Running Time: 42.26

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released: World

· Musical Style: Modern Melodic Rock

· Links: Goo Goo Dolls
70%
Songs: 55%
Sound: 90%
My first Goo Goo Dolls record was A Boy Named Goo. A later-comer to the band yes, but that album made an immediate impact and remains my favourite from the band and one of my all time favourite modern rock albums. Subsequent releases have been a little weaker each time, but remained enjoyable.
Dizzy Up The Girl was solid, but didn't quite have the raw power of Goo. Gutterfower got off to a flyer, but fell away towards the end.
With each record the band has mellowed a little, but with Let Love In, the move is more pronounced. The bands' success with mid and slow tempo songs has obviously influenced their thinking, with this a far more mature and mellow record.
I love a mellow record as much, if not more, than the average melodic rock fan - fabulous for certain moods and emotions.
But when it comes to the Goo Goo Dolls, I want an album full of their classic rocking sound. I want high-powered angst…I want a wall of melodic guitars and I want passion and urgency in the delivery of their anthems for the misunderstood.
Not on this record. With the exception of perhaps the opening track, Let Love In sees a band that has grown older and become all to comfortable.
I know this record is going to have a lot of fans and I don't mind going against what may prove to be the majority…we shall see.
But for me, the band has lost the intensity that drove albums like A Boy Named Goo and Superstar Carwash.
The band doesn't abandon their trademark sound, it has merely been tempered and acoustic guitars now share equal billing with the plugged in variety.
If you like the band in a mellower setting and have a preference for their ballads, this very slick record is going to appeal. The vocals of Johhny Rzeznik are certainly some of the more likeable and melodic of ay modern rock band.
But, if like me, you prefer them in a heavier setting, prepare to be disappointed.
Track By Track:
The new single Stay With You is an easy pick for an opener and the track to promote the album. It opens with all the passion, fanfare and fire you would expect of the band. This track is the closest to the band's most classic sound which really came to be on A Boy Named Goo. A fantastic, guitar fuelled wall of melody with a killer chorus, this is destined to become another classic for the band.
The title track Let Love In has an interesting intro. A different approach for the band, with lots of production effects lying underneath a soft vocal before the song bursts to life with a very commercial melodic chorus. It's hard not to like the track, but it does suggest that the band are no longer an angst filled modern rock outfit, but rather a more comfortable 'happy' band!
Feel The Silence mellows even further. We are on a slowing path here and this mid-tempo pop rocker has a feel good chorus, and replaces angst with a more mature sentimental emotion.
Better Days is the song we all know from late last year. This very commercial modern rock ballad has a great chorus of course, but I was never fully sold on this track then and haven't changed my mind.
About this stage I'm dying for a rocker. We is the GGD of old? Each track on the album has been mellower than the last and this climaxes with the ultra slow acoustic driven ballad Without You Here. I'm not a fan of this track at all. The album has slowed to a crawl after an initially promising start.
Listen sounds every bit a classic GGD rocker and could easily fit on any of the last 3 albums. Finally a great rock track, however, it does get knocked back a notch as bassist Robby is on lead vocals here. Thankfully it at least matches his input from the Boy Named Goo album and is his best vocal track of the last couple of albums.
Give A Little Bit is another track we have all heard already. The song was the one new studio track from the 2005 live album release and should not have been included on this album. We all own it already…move on…
Can't Let It Go is yet another acoustic driven mid-tempo pop rocker. It is an ok song, but again I'm searching for a killer rocker in amongst all the mid-tempo tracks.
We'll Be Here (When You're Gone) is a moody, modern rock track. It could have been darker and heavier still, but gathers a little fire towards the end.
Strange Love features Robby again. He is back to his average raspy vocals and this doesn't impress as much as his first track.
Become is yet another slow ballad and one without any redeeming virtues. I find it too plain and boring and is a repeat of what's already on offer elsewhere within the album.
The Bottom Line
Let Love In sees a more mature and comfortable band at work. No longer feeling the angst that drove their earlier sound, the guys obviously feel more at home in a mellower setting. The orchestration and musical arrangements are of course near prefect and the sound is lush, but mellow or otherwise, I think the passion and urgency is missing from within the songs.
Nice for an unobtrusive, safe, commercial modern rock record, but is that really what the Goo Goo Dolls are all about? My hope for this genre now falls back to Mitch Allen for his solo debut. Please let it rock!
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Goo Goo Dolls
· Jed
· Hook Me Up
· Superstar Car Wash
· A Boy Named Goo
· Dizzy Up The Girl
· Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce
· Gutterflower
· Let Love In

Line Up:
· John Rzeznik: Vocals, Guitars
· Mike Malinin: Drums
· Robby Takac: Bass, Vocals

Essential For Fans Of:
· Goo Goo Dolls - Gutterflower
Track Listing
· Stay With You *
· Let Love In *
· Feel The Silence
· Better Days
· Without You Here
· Listen *
· Give A Little Bit
· Can't Let It Go
· We'll Be Here (When You're Gone)
· Strange Love
· Become

--*Best Tracks


23/02/10: Brad - bdame33@comcast.net
Rating: 79
I agree with others who say this GGD album falls a bit flat. I am not one to diss bands' later material like so many others. I in fact really enjoyed the previous effort "Gutterflower" a great deal. This one, however, is a bit lacking due to overall lack of punch. "Without You Here" and "Become" are both fine ballads, but not as good as previous ones. Without more sustaining rockers like the opener "Stay With You", the tempo is definitely too slow throughout the album.

All that being said, the musicianship is still superb, and John's singing is still in fine form. Songs like "Feel The Silence" and "We'll Be Here (When You're Gone) have a cool vibe--although it took a bit of time for them to grow on me. This album is not as weak as people say. It just simply needed a few more rockers to appeal to longtime fans. Here's to hoping the next album of new material rocks more like "A Boy Name Goo"--which is still their best album to date.

29/07/06: Bob Marsocci - marsocci25@yahoo.com
Rating: 50
I like the GGD, but this album is not very good. It lacks the punch of their earliaer albums. No memorable hooks or riffs. Lacks direction, decent melodies. To show you how bad this album is, I had a chance to see them live for free the other day, I turned it down, yes, DOWN. I agree with the previous reviewer, save your money. I already traded mine in. Big Dissapointment. Remember, I like the GGD.

07/06/06: Charlie Smith - nun_yo_business_1@yahoo.com
Rating: 60
Wow!! where oh where have the Goo Goo Dolls gone, I picked up this disc as soon as the local CD dive started selling used copies, they had four in the bin NOT a good sign but I said what the hey for $6.00 how bad could it be. Well I soon found out man I would give anything for their old sound. I thought someone had changed the real disc for this low fi version of the band, or maybe a very good cover band had gotten a hold of the real disc and had put this in it's place. Don't get me wrong there are a couple of good tunes on the disc but way to many mellow tunes. I need music that gets me down the road, something pounding to keep me awake as the miles pass behind me. Someone give the band some high test coffee to get their hearts pounding so we can get back the Doll's of old. Some of the tunes are okay but I still prefer "Morning Woods" (Featuring T. Harnell) version of "Give A Little Bit". This disc will sit on the shelf while I go back to their older stuff. We can only hope that they get a new disc out sooner than later.

11/05/06: Robert Beach - ROBERTBEACH23@HOTMAIL.COM
Rating: 95
rzezniks song writing gets better on every album since superstar carwash there as been a positive progression Dizzy was a great cd & as some of my favourite songs. But it still had few fillers, Also Gutterflower had some gems but also was not a consistant record. Let love in ..for me does not sound safe & does not remind of any other record it stands up as there stongest record to date & rzezniks & takac´s songs gel wonderfully for the first time in years.

09/05/06: micha - michael.boecher@t-online.de
Rating: 75
I think this is a good goo goo dolls album, but very commercial. It lacks of some harder edged songs but nevertheless it is a fine album worth listening to it. Unfortunately, a boy named goo or dizzy up the girl are much more better so it seems that there is a decline of this fine band...

09/05/06: DP - dpeter1225@hotmail.com
Rating: 30
Very weak. 30% is based on how many of the 10 songs that were not on any other album that are somewhat decent. It feels to me like an album that was slapped together just for release purposes. The best songs on this album Stay With You and Better Days would be the weakest on any other album of theirs. I find most of the songs to be lacking band intimacy and feel more like a lets get this done attitude probably because the production is off base. Maybe the fact Ballard had a lot to do with this album. He's a good Producer and songwriter but collaboration with Rzeznik is an obvious mistake. The songs don't feel like Goo Goo Doll songs nor the album. Plus, they reused Give A Little Bit from the Live in Buffalo album. That just sends the message that they were desperate for more selling points and hits. Save your money or download what you like but to spend $11-15 it's not worth it. This should not have been released and is a big dissapointment. It's all about the money.

09/05/06: Dave Mayer - djmayerfzr@hotmail.com
Rating: 92
Great stuff!!!! Superb songs, catchy, superbly played, clear production. For me this is the way forward for fans of AOR/M.R. This is the natural evolution from the 80s/90s etc. Maybe I'm just sick of hearing so many Journey/Survivor/ clones time after time playing tired old tunes and spending money buying the latest 'raved about' next big AOR band only to think big deal..heard it all before but better. But in the modern pop/rock genre I am finding for myself songs that I remember and can sing along to in the car and also ballads that get the hairs up on the back of my neck......haven't done that for years with AOR/M.R!!!!!


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