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The Goo Goo Dolls - Let Love In

Goo Goo Dolls, Let Love In

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

THE eighth studio album from Goo Goo Dolls offers more of the same anthemic yet tender adult rock tracks that helped to make Iris and Slide so memorable.

The bulk of Let Love In was written by the partnership of John Rzeznik and bassist Robby Takac in their hometown of Buffalo and is infused with the former’s personal experiences.

Yet the new album is more lyrically upbeat and hopeful than some of the material on 2002’s Gutterflower, opting to celebrate love and beauty, rather than doubt or despair.

As such, fans of the tried and tested Goo Goo Dolls formula will doubtless lap it up even though there is nothing to rival the shimmering intensity of Iris, or the out and out bliss of Slide.

Album opener, Stay With You kicks things off in fine style, delivering a rousing, crowd-pleaser that is built around some catchy hooks, while second song and title track Let Love In is yet another anthemic offering with a towering chorus and more hopeful lyrics.

Rzeznik’s vocals are sharp and the guitars are melodic without really delivering anything outstanding in the way of solos.

Thereafter, the album drifts from one mid-tempo ballad to another, occasionally piling on the sentiment a little too heavily (as in Feel The Silence).

The track Better Days even managed to prompt such power and empathy that it was adopted by CNN as an anthem of sorts for the recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

While a cover version of Supertramp’s Give A Little Bit is also included, having emerged as a firm live favourite among fans. Unfortunately, it’s a little too faithful and reflects the lazier side of the album given that it doesn’t really bring anything new to a classic track.

But therein lies the problem with the long-player as a whole really. There’s nothing bad about it. The songs are almost always catchy, the choruses mighty and designed for an easy sing-along and everything is easy on the ear.

It’s just that when compared to the band’s very best work, Let Love In fails to deliver a truly stand-out song that carries either the emotional intensity or memorable quality of hits like Iris.

By playing things a little too safe, they’ve gone and lost their edge.

Track listing:

  1. Stay With You
  2. Let Love In
  3. Feel The Silence
  4. Better Days
  5. Without You Here
  6. Listen
  7. Give A Little Bit
  8. Can’t Let It Go
  9. We’ll Be Here (When You’re Gone)
  10. Strange Love
  11. Become