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Let Love In [CD/DVD]
     

Let Love In [CD/DVD]

by Goo Goo Dolls
 

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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

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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 mid-tempo 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. [The 2006 edition includes a bonus DVD.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2007
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624996828
catalogNumber:
49968

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Performance Credits

Goo Goo Dolls   Primary Artist
Glen Ballard   Piano,Keyboards
Larry Corbett   Cello
Paul Gordon   Keyboards
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Johnny Rzeznik   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Joel Shearer   Guitar
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Robby Takac   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Greg Suran   Guitar
Mike Malinin   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Julian Hallmark   Violin
Jason Freese   Keyboards
Zac Rae   Keyboards
Philip Vaiman   Violin
Alyssa Park   Violin
Korel Tunador   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Cheryl Kohfeld   Viola
Sharon Jackson   Violin

Technical Credits

Goo Goo Dolls   Producer,String Arrangements
Roger Hodgson   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Scott Campbell   Engineer
John Hartmann   Camera Operator
Jimmy Hoyson   Engineer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Doug McKean   Engineer
Johnny Rzeznik   Producer,String Arrangements
Rob Cavallo   Producer
William Hamilton   Camera Operator
Devin Sarno   Executive Producer
Suzie Katayama   String Arrangements
P.R. Brown   Video Director
Michael Angelos   Video Producer
Paul David Hager   Engineer
Robby Takac   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Chris Giammalvo   Production Design
Pat Magnarella   Management
Mike Malinin   Producer,String Arrangements
Gregg Wattenberg   Composer
Ronald Arredondo   Gaffer
Aaron Walk   Engineer
Doug Kimball   Monitor Engineer
Michael A. Perlmutter   Director,Producer
John Dehais   Management
Dean Warren   Guitar Techician
Mike "Damage" Damish   Guitar Techician
Mark Johnson   Camera Operator

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