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Let It Go is the ninth studio album by Tim McGraw. Released on March 27, 2007, it was his first studio album in two and a half years. Let It Go entered the U.S. Billboard 200 at number one with sales of 325,000. The album has produced seven Top 20 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including a number one; one of those seven songs was only included on later issues of the album. Of all McGraw's albums, this one has produced the most singles in his career.

Let It Go
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 27, 2007 (2007-03-27)
GenreCountry
Length52:39
LabelCurb
Producer
Tim McGraw chronology
Tim McGraw Reflected: Greatest Hits Vol. 2
(2006)
Let It Go
(2007)
Greatest Hits: Limited Edition
(2008)
Singles from Let It Go
  1. "Last Dollar (Fly Away)"
    Released: January 8, 2007
  2. "I Need You"
    Released: April 23, 2007
  3. "If You're Reading This"
    Released: June 11, 2007
  4. "Suspicions"
    Released: November 26, 2007
  5. "Kristofferson"
    Released: March 17, 2008
  6. "Let It Go"
    Released: July 21, 2008
  7. "Nothin' to Die For"
    Released: January 5, 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(73/100) [1]
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com5/5 stars [2]
Allmusic4/5 stars [3]
The Boston Globe(positive) [4]
Country Weekly(favorable) [5]
Entertainment WeeklyB− [6]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars [7]
People3/4 stars [8]
Plugged In(unfavorable) [9]
PopMatters8/10 stars [10]
Robert Christgau(choice cut) [11]
Stylus MagazineB− [12]
Engine 1454/5 stars [13]

Contents

ContentEdit

The first single from the album, "Last Dollar (Fly Away)" (written by Big Kenny of Big & Rich), reached the top of the country charts in early 2007, giving McGraw his first number one hit since "Back When" in late 2004. Following it was "I Need You", a duet with his wife Faith Hill. This song peaked at #7. Shortly after the latter was released, McGraw charted with a live rendition of the song "If You're Reading This". He performed that song live at the Academy of Country Music awards in May 2007. A month after this song entered the charts, the album was re-issued with "If You're Reading This" added to the track listing. Afterwards, that song was later officially issued as the album's third single and reached #3 on the country charts.

"If You're Reading This" was followed in late 2007 by "Suspicions", a cover of Eddie Rabbitt's number one hit from 1979. However, McGraw's version became the second Top 40 hit of all his career to miss the Top 10 by peaking at #12 on Hot Country Songs. Following that song were "Kristofferson" and the title track in 2008; the former also failed to make the Top Ten by at #16 while the latter went to #2 in early December. The seventh single, "Nothin' to Die For", was released in January 2009. It entered the Hot Country Songs chart as an album cut at #57 in late December before its official release that month.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Last Dollar (Fly Away)"Big Kenny4:30
2."I'm Workin'"Darrell Scott, Lori McKenna3:40
3."Let It Go"Aimee Mayo, Bill Luther, Tom Douglas3:45
4."Whiskey and You"Chris Stapleton, Lee Thomas Miller3:47
5."Suspicions"David Malloy, Eddie Rabbitt, Even Stevens, Randy McCormick5:16
6."Kristofferson"Anthony Smith, Reed Nielsen3:23
7."Put Your Lovin' on Me"Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird3:34
8."Nothin' to Die For"Craig Wiseman, Miller4:13
9."Between the River and Me"Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Brett Beavers3:53
10."Train #10"Tim McGraw, Brad Warren, Brett Warren3:58
11."I Need You" (duet with Faith Hill)David Lee, Tony Lane4:08
12."Comin' Home"Rivers Rutherford, Steve McEwan4:06
13."Shotgun Rider" (duet with Faith Hill)Smith, Jeffrey Steele, Sherrié Austin4:21
14."If You're Reading This" (Live recording from 2007 ACM awards, Only available on mid-2007 re-issues of album)McGraw, Brad Warren, Brett Warren4:12

Chart performanceEdit

Let It Go entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at # 1, his fourth #1 album, and on the Top Country Albums number-one album his eleventh album at #1.

SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart Positions
US Country US CAN
2007 "Last Dollar (Fly Away)" 1 13
"I Need You" (with Faith Hill) 8 50 75
"If You're Reading This" 3 41 81
"Suspicions" 12 87
2008 "Kristofferson" 16 110
"Let It Go" 2 47 75
2009 "Nothin' to Die For" 5 68 76

PersonnelEdit

Tim McGraw & the Dancehall DoctersEdit

Additional MusiciansEdit

Background VocalsEdit

  • Greg Barnhill
  • Wes Hightower
  • Last Dollar Singers on "Last Dollar (Fly Away)"
  • Russell Terrell

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ About.com review
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ The Boston Globe review
  5. ^ Country Weekly review
  6. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  7. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  8. ^ People review
  9. ^ Plugged In review
  10. ^ PopMatters review
  11. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  12. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  13. ^ Engine 145 review Archived 2014-12-18 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Tim+McGraw&titel=Let+It+Go&cat=a
  15. ^ a b "Tim McGraw Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
  16. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 11, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-11.

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