Let Yourself Go (Green Day song)
|"Let Yourself Go"|
|Single by Green Day|
|from the album ¡Uno!|
|Released||September 5, 2012|
|Recorded||February 14Oakland, California–June 26, 2012 at Jingletown Studios in|
|Genre||Punk rock, Pop-punk|
|Label||Reprise, Warner Bros.|
|Writer(s)||Billie Joe Armstrong / Green Day|
|Producer(s)||Rob Cavallo and Green Day|
|Green Day singles chronology|
"Let Yourself Go" is a song by American punk rock band Green Day. Recorded for their ninth studio album, ¡Uno!, the song was released as the third and final single from the album on September 5, 2012, while the "official live video" of the song was revealed on August 1, 2012. The song received positive critical reception and was compared to the band's earlier work of Dookie and Insomniac. The song was played at secret shows of the band as well as at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
Background and release
"Let Yourself Go" was played at a 'secret New York Halloween show' of the band on October 27, 2011. The band performed other songs that were on the track listing of ¡Uno!; "Oh Love" and "Carpe Diem". Green Day began recording new material for upcoming studio albums on February 14, 2012 and on June 15, the band announced the release of a trilogy of albums: ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!. However, the official confirmation of the song came with the deceleration of the track listing of ¡Uno! on June 26, 2012. Following this, "Oh Love" was released as the lead single from the album on July 16, 2012.
The band revealed the "official live video" for "Let Yourself Go" on August 1, 2012 which was recorded during their performance at Austin, Texas. "Kill the DJ" was released as the second single on August 14, 2012, which was followed by the release of the official music video of the song on September 4, 2012, The band released "Let Yourself Go" as the third single from ¡Uno! on September 5, 2012.
Theme and composition
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"Let Yourself Go" is heavier and more upbeat than the band's previous two singles "Oh Love" and "Kill the DJ". The song sees Green Day return to its 90s roots with a tone and style that imitates the band's earlier work from Dookie and Insomniac. The song also reflects the style of Van Halen from the 80s.
David Fricke of the Rolling Stone in a review of ¡Uno! compared the theme of the song with "Stay the Night", another song on the album, stating; "'Stay the Night' and 'Let Yourself Go' are the kind of pop-smart here's-my-fucking-problem miniatures Armstrong was writing like second nature when he, Dirnt and Cool were too young to drink (legally) where they gigged. But Armstrong is 40 now, married and a dad, and a lot of this ruckus sounds designed to drown out the time bombs ticking in his head and the maddening static outside".
The song received positive reception from the critics, mainly focusing on the song's references to Green Day's stylistic origins. Erica Futterman of Rolling Stone praised the song, describing it as a "blistering [and] Ramones-tinged [song]." Andrew Unterberger of PopDust noted the song to be "a forgotten cut from the second side of Insomniac". He further added that "it's good enough, catchy and energetic [...] 'Let Yourself Go' isn't a bad song by any means, but it’s hardly an exciting or particularly new-sounding one anyway". Katie Hasty of HitFix added to the song's familiarity, stating "It's back to the melodic, snotty sound of early Green Day, with some spit shine and a few f-bombs." The Reporter described that the song was a "rant and snarl encouragingly" in which "Tre’s rapid-fire drumming [was] conjuring up some of the Dookie magic".
Greg Kot of Chicago tribune stated that the song was "undeniably sharp, [and] catchy" which was "hurtling on a wave of harmony vocals". Yorgo Douramacos of Slant magazine noted it as an "occasional guitar solo" and further added that the song "steers a straightforward punk anthem toward early-'80s Van Halen territory." Randall Roberts from Los Angeles Times described the song to be an "obvious chart-buster" and added that it would "no doubt be used to back NFL highlight reels for years to come." Scott Heisel from Alternative Press cited the song to be the fastest on the album by stating that "It’s the fastest song on ¡Uno!, breaking 200 bpms and creating an instant sing-along with perfectly placed profanity. It’s destined to become a live staple."
Green Day played a secret-show in Costa Mesa, California on August 11, 2011, where they performed an entire set of over 15 new songs from the then-unannounced ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy, including "Let Yourself Go". Later on, the song was also played at few other secret shows of the band. A recording of the band performing the song live at Red 7 in Austin, Texas on November 17, 2011 was released online on July 30, 2012 as the "official live video" for the song.
The band was touring in Italy five days prior to their performance at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. The front-man Billie Joe Armstrong was admitted to hospital due to dehydration and influenza. This caused the band to cancel their show at Bologna which was scheduled three days before their performance at the VMAs. However, Armstrong recovered and the band performed "Let Yourself Go" at the VMAs. Andrew Unterberger of PopDust criticized the performance by stating that: "Green Day are always game live performers, inviting the crowd to basically bum-rush them on stage, but it’s not good enough to stand out as anything besides an empty gesture towards a genre now very far in MTV’s past."
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||99|
|South Korea (Gaon Chart)||17|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||193|
|UK Rock (Official Charts Company)||2|
|US Alternative Songs (Billboard)||17|
|US Rock Airplay (Billboard)||13|
|US Rock Digital songs (Billboard)||32|
|US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)||11|
|US Rock Songs (Billboard)||29|
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