Whitney Pastorek
April 24, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Let Love In (Music - The Goo Goo Dolls)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Warner Bros.
genre
Rock

We gave it an C+

On their first studio album in four years, Johnny Rzeznik and company stick close to the soft-rock balladeering of their 1998 hit ”Iris” — but without the epic sweep. Their punk roots are virtually nowhere to be found on Let Love In; now it’s all overblown power chords, tambourines, and lovelorn lyrics. That monotony is broken up by Robby Takac’s surprisingly hard-edged ”Listen” and a completely unnecessary version of Supertramp’s ”Give a Little Bit” (they released a live version of the tune in 2004). You’ll tap your toes, but you’ll hate yourself in the morning.

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