Let Love In [CD/DVD]

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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...
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Editorial Reviews

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 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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2007
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624996828
  • Catalog Number: 49968
  • Sales rank: 115,800

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stay with You (3:56)
  2. 2 Let Love In (5:01)
  3. 3 Feel the Silence (3:50)
  4. 4 Better Days (3:35)
  5. 5 Without You Here (3:49)
  6. 6 Listen (3:10)
  7. 7 Give a Little Bit (3:36)
  8. 8 Can't Let It Go (3:53)
  9. 9 We'll Be Here (When You're Gone) (3:29)
  10. 10 Strange Love (3:35)
  11. 11 Become (4:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stay with You
  2. 2 Let Love In
  3. 3 Feel the Silence
  4. 4 Better Days
  5. 5 Without You Here
  6. 6 Listen
  7. 7 Can't Let It Go
  8. 8 We'll Be Here (When You're Gone)
  9. 9 Strange Love
  10. 10 Black Balloon
  11. 11 Iris
  12. 12 Become
  13. 13 Broadway
  14. 14 Here Is Gone
  15. 15 Better Days
  16. 16 Stay with You
  17. 17 Better Days
  18. 18 We'll Be Here (When You're Gone)
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Album Credits

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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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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