Let Love In

Let Love In

4.2 11
by Goo Goo Dolls

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Like that vintage commercial featuring a couple guys ready to duke it out after one's chocolate ended up in the other's peanut butter -- the result being that the new concoction was pretty doggone tasty after all -- these Buffalo boys have all but perfected splicing spun-sugar pop and considerably tangier heartland rock. Much as they did on See more details below


Like that vintage commercial featuring a couple guys ready to duke it out after one's chocolate ended up in the other's peanut butter -- the result being that the new concoction was pretty doggone tasty after all -- these Buffalo boys have all but perfected splicing spun-sugar pop and considerably tangier heartland rock. Much as they did on Dizzy Up the Girl, the Goos strike a fine balance between those two approaches on Let Love In, ensuring that fans who have a strong preference for one or the other will come away satiated. The lilting title track is one of several that allow Johnny Rzeznik to demonstrate his ability to tug at the heartstrings -- a skill that's amplified by the judicious use of real strings (and orchestrations) that buoy the tune's mood. More than on past efforts, however, Rzeznik seems to feel like he's on the losing end of the battle of the sexes -- songs like "When You're Gone" and "Without You Here" have a contemplative feel, one that resonates like the echo of footsteps in an otherwise empty house. That ambience is tempered by the passel of more up-tempo tracks. While nothing really approaches the in-your-face attitude the Goos flaunted in the late '80s and early '90s, songs like the brassy opener, "Stay With You," and "Feel the Silence" prove they're still capable of causing a ruckus when the need arises.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Actually, the title of the Goo Goo Dolls' eighth album can be taken somewhat literally: Let Love In is a welcoming collection of songs that eschews some of the darker currents roiling under the surface of their previous effort, 2002's Gutterflower. Not that Gutterflower sounded bleak -- it was clean and glossy, so much so that it would be easy to listen to it once and assume that there wasn't much there. Such assumptions also come to mind after the first listen for 2006's Let Love In, but unlike its predecessor, there isn't much to dig into here; what you hear upon that first listen is exactly what you get. And this is a record that has very little connection to the ramshackle rock band the Goo Goo Dolls were at the beginning of their career, and there's also only a thin thread connecting this to even their commercial breakthrough of A Boy Named Goo in the alt-rock salad days of 1995. Thanks in no small part to their new producer, Glen Ballard -- who made his name as the man behind Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill and then went on to sand down the rough edges of Aerosmith, Live, and the Dave Matthews Band, and performs the same task here -- this is the sound of a mainstream adult rock band, a band that knows their craft and does little to push the boundaries of that craft. Certainly, they do little to break convention here, either, relying on ballads and midtempo tunes that feel like ballads for the bulk of the record -- and when they do decide to rock (usually on a Robby Takac number), it's almost as if they made a conscious effort to turn the volume down on their amps before they started to play. It's easy listening music for a generation raised on rock, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Frontman Johnny Rzeznik remains a solid journeyman rocker, as both a writer and singer, and he crafts songs that are likeable and sturdier than those of such peers as Rob Thomas, even if his tunes aren't all that memorable this time around, particularly when they're dressed in an immaculate production like this, where every track is produced so smoothly it all blends together. But even that certain element of repetition makes Let Love In work as pleasant background music -- which may sound like damning with faint praise, particularly since there would have been a time when the Goo Goo Dolls would never have thought of themselves as being merely pleasant, but it just means the album works on its own (albeit limited and modest) terms.

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Release Date:
Warner Bros / Wea


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Goo Goo Dolls   Primary Artist
Paul Gordon   Keyboards
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Johnny Rzeznik   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Joel Shearer   Guitar
Robby Takac   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Greg Suran   Guitar
Mike Malinin   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Jason Freese   Keyboards
Zac Rae   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Goo Goo Dolls   Producer
Roger Hodgson   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Scott Campbell   Engineer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Bill Malina   Engineer
Doug McKean   Engineer
Johnny Rzeznik   Composer
Rob Cavallo   Producer
Robby Takac   Composer
Ryan MacMillan   Drum Technician
Gregg Wattenberg   Composer
Mike "Damage" Damish   Guitar Techician
Rick Santizo   Engineer

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Let Love In 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another FINE collection from the Goo Goo Dolls... my boys from Buffalo!!! Being back in Buffalo to record these tracks really makes the "love" shine. Awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a long time fan of Johnny, Robby, and Mike, my expectations for "Let Love In" were high, but the boys really out-did themselves with this album, proving they can still rock out better than anyone in music. "Let Love In" is absolutely amazing! With tracks like Stay With You, Let Love In, Cant Let it Go, Without You Here, and Strange Love, this album is by far one of their best! I'm seeing The GGD in July, and now I have a great new album to own to keep me until then. If you're a fan, old or new, make sure you add this wonderful album from the Goo legacy to your collection.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a terrible album! I thought my ears had deceived me, when I heard these tracks including the awful "Give a Little Bit". As a longtime Goo Goo Fan I knew they were faltering a little with "Gutterflower" when I could only listen to "Big Machine" and "Sympathy." This album...*shivers* I could not on my good conscience recommend this to anyone, unless they have the morbid desire to watch their ears profusely bleed to the awful, corny lyrics and jarring, muffled guitar sounds. Wow, my boys let me down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To the person who wrote in June 2006, that wasn't a very nice thing to say. If you didn't like it, don't get it. Anyways... I love this album! Stay With You was my favourite, even though it wasn't the first I listened to. Give a Little Bit was the first (I usually like the ones I listen to first the best)... yet Stay With You was at the top of my list. I recommend this album (unlike the June person) to everyone who's a fan of the Goo Goo Dolls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Proving that just as fine wine, the Dolls get better with age. Twenty years ago when I saw them on thier first tour, I' expected them to last, but this album absolutely surpasses all my expectations. Jammed packed with soulful and thought-provoking lyrics, and musicianship at its best, this album is a pleasant surprise even to fans with high expectations. The cover of Give a Little is better than the original, its a cover done by a band tha has OBVIOUSLY LOVED that song for decades. Thanks for doing a great job for two decades now for your loyal fans!!!!! Simply fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of the diversity in music and the wealth of inspiration that this medium brings to one's life. Today I realized that music is the language of our soul and each song that you are attracted to has a special message and meaning for you if you're willing to listen. I'm so grateful for having had the opportunity to come across THE GOO GOO DOLLS's album LET LOVE IN and listen to it enough times to get the soul awakening messages in songs such as "Better Days," "Become," "Let Love In," "Feel The Silence," “Can’t Let It Go,” and "Without You Here." When you separate the lyrics from the man who brought them to life, you'll feel the voice of your soul reaching out to you.“Don't let the opinion of another who hasn't been in the shoes of a music man prevent you from exercising your right to discover, explore, and judge for yourself. Dare to feel and think for yourself and you’ll never regret not having lived you best life”
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stay With you- Great fast paced kick of song with great climax. It keeps you wanting more. 5 stars Let Love In- Title track. It might be a another poppy attempt to recreate slide but turns out good and with a real message. Lovely acoustic Guitar. 4 stars. Feel the silence- Nice smoky beginning with a great chorus. 4.5 out of 5 better Days- Possibly best track on album. A great piano with great drums base and guitar. beautiful lyrics. 5 stars W/ out you here- Incredible song that is as touching as it is just a great song. Amazing lyrics and guitar. 5 stars Listen- Robbys first song on the album. Not bad catchy guitar and if you listen to the lyrics they actually mean something. 4 stars Can't let it go- Greatest guitar ever. john really does it with this one. Great fast paces, touching and all around great song 5 stars Give a little bit- pretty good cove of supertramps catchy song. Way to go goos. 4.5 stars We'll be here- great song. similar to Broadway with its message and catchy guitar riffs. 4 stars Strange love- Robbys second and final track on the album, it combines a good melody with nice lyrics. Robby changes his voice a decent amount on this track. not bad. 3.5 stars Become- Final track on the album. Maby not the best choice for an ending track but good for what it is. it builds up to a nice climax like stay with you but some better riffs. I would have put a give a little bit or can't let it go for the final track but still a good song. 4.5 stars. Overall let love in is an enjoyable CD for almost anyone. Their farthest sounding album from there college rock routes but still a great album.
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