Rancid
Let's Go


4.5
superb

Review

by brycey USER (19 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


Rancid - Let's Go
Epitaph Records
1994


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Tim Armstrong - Vocals, Guitar
Lars Frederiksen - Guitar, Vocals
Matt Freeman - Bass, Vocals
Brett Reed - Drums

Being their second release, and with a new guitarist in place, Rancid are more hard-hitting than before with "Let's Go". Having recruited Lars to play guitar, as their self-titled only had Matt, Tim and Brett, the energy you feel pounding from your speakers is increased dramatically. One thing that stands out in the album is the backing vocals. They're like AFI. Without backing vocals, their songs just aren't the same, and with the shouting of the song title in chorus, which is evident in "Radio", "Nihilism" and "As One". But don't let that put you off. If anything, this makes the song catchier.

As always, I talk about the bass first. For one, I am a bassist, and secondly Matt is an idol to me. A bassline that always stays in my head is the intro to "Dope Sick Girl", and having then having it played on guitar for the next part and the rest of the song. In my opinion it works very well, and I wouldn't be surprised if I tried it for any of my own songs. "Tenderloin" also has a great bassline to open with. Matt does no different in this album than he does in any other Rancid album. He adds perfect fill-ins, and his rough and angry vocals are used in the best places.

Standout lyrics in the album? Let's take "Radio" for example. The beginning has Tim reciting the lyrics, but lyrics you wouldn't expect to hear from Rancid. When you think of Rancid, you think hard, fast, in-your-face style music. "Radio" begins with "Never fell in love, 'til I fell in love with you. Never knew what a good time was 'til I had a good time with you."
Another line in the album that just stands out from the rest is from the song "Burn". "We don't need no water let the motherfucker burn". This is one line that I love. The vocals as always are great. Tim may be hard to understand, but his vocals fit in perfectly for Rancid. Lars has turns for singing too, and he is the first person we hear sing on the album.

Now for the guitar. With this being Lars debut on a Rancid album, he fits in very well. As I mentioned earlier, the bass-turned-guitar part in "Dope Sick Girl" works wonders, and and the pick-slide in "Salvation" sounds fantastic. Tim's opening guitar part for "Radio" is soft, and quiet. The solos on this album are not worship-worthy, but they are great for the songs, because the solos are in the slower songs, and not songs such as "Nihilism". My favourite opening to any song would be "As One". We first hear a ska-style riff, and then the bass breaks in with one of the catchiest riffs on the album.

The drums in this album, are no different from any other Rancid album, as I have said in other Rancid reviews. A fast drum-beat here and a drum-roll there.

Recommended Tracks:
Nihilism
Radio
Salvation
Tenderloin
I Am The One
Sidekick
As One

This album is one of my favourite albums at the moment, as it's always a pleasure to listen to. At first, you may have your doubts, but keep on listening to it and I guarantee you'll love it. The album is definately one of Rancid's best. I give it 4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
rancidpunk
April 12th 2004


26 Comments


First you tell me to review this then you take it what the hell brycey

brycey
April 12th 2004


205 Comments


It was just sitting there... staring at me... telling me to review it... :upset:

Big Tube
May 11th 2004


15 Comments


After burning myself out with ...And Out Come the Wolves I pulled this one out again. I really like this album because of the pure energy. It just grabs you.

Good album
4/5

bruise_pristine
May 11th 2004


66 Comments


This is the best Rancid album ever and it also contains my favorite Rancid songs and my all time favorite by them "Harry Bridges".

I also agree with your rating.

old_friend
February 27th 2005


3 Comments


i like this album, has some good tracks, but still not quite as good as life wont wait in my opinion id say 4/5

fts
March 25th 2005


3 Comments


i totally agree with bruise_pristine

Rudd13
June 15th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great album, great review :thumb:This Message Edited On 07.19.05

Rudd13
June 18th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This has become my favorite Rancid Album ever, and I'll admit, it takes some time getting used to all the songs. Cause a lot of them sound the same at first. But its songs like Sidekick, International-Coverup, Burn, Tenderloin, and 7 Years Down that make this cd truly memorable. Excellent album AND review, Brycey. This is some of the very best that Punk has to offer.This Message Edited On 07.06.05

Music Nerd
July 26th 2005


95 Comments


This is rancid's best album to date. No question. All their albums are great, but this tops it. 7 Years Down is on the Rock Against Bush Vol.2 cd also. Burn has great vocals by both Lars and Tim, which I love. As do alot of Rancid songs, one of the reasons of loving them. Both have different voices, and sound great together.

Desensitized
July 26th 2005


136 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This one, 'Life Won't Wait' and "Wolves" get 5s from me. Their new stuff is good, but these ones are too good.

FauxApathy
July 29th 2005


98 Comments


The lyrics in burn are in lots of songs. Did Rancid write the lyrics first, or did they borrow it from other people.



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