When everyone’s favorite “mother f*ckin’ princess” Avril Lavigne got married to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, the last thing that we thought would happen would be for her to write a duet with him (especially since it happened so out of the blue). Duets in general are already pretty cheesy and the fact that she decided to feature her hubby in her latest love ballad “Let Me Go” seems a little too extreme. I mean, aren’t couple duets the ultimate bad omen?
“Let Me Go” isn’t necessarily a terrible song. In fact, it’s quite beautiful in the sense that it gives a little ray of hope that “love’s never too late.” Beginning and ending with wispy pianos and regal violins makes the storyline of finding love after trying to get over a devastating heartbreak turn into a haunting lullaby. Lavigne’s high-pitched, echoing vocals paired with Kroeger’s raspy, rocker voice is a surprisingly perfect fit for the musicality of the song.
The slow buildup from a soft start to a strong chorus and back again channels Seether and Amy Lee‘s 2004 hit power breakup ballad “Broken”, which is ironic because the track was originally written to be solely about a love lost. Of course, because she wanted her man to be featured in the track, the context of the song shifted to how “two goodbyes lead to this new life” instead of them never getting together at the end.
Her music video for “Let Me Go” fits the storyline in the best visual way possible for this song. It takes place in a large, gothic-looking house with elegant mirrors and fancy curtains flying around while Lavigne plays her Yamaha piano, drenched in a heavenly light. There is very little interaction between the happy couple, minus one scene when Kroeger is caressing his wife’s shoulders as she plays. It has a very Nickelback feel to the storyline with an eerie, ghostly aspect (especially in the case of the close-ups).
I’ve got to give her props, “Let Me Go” definitely isn’t the overly sappy, husband-wife duet that fans were probably expecting. It has a universal storyline and it is successfully shown through not only its lyrics but its instrumentation and even its music video (even if it is a little creepy at some parts). Maybe this song is supposed to be a representation of their love lives before they got married, but at least it wasn’t overly cheesy. An overall decent effort on a married couple duet.