While I have yet to read John Green’s dramatic young adult novel turned film, The Fault In Our Stars, I’m totally diggin’ the soundtrack so far. Quirky, indie rockers Grouplove have delivered an utterly emotion-filled track to fit the movie’s storyline of young lovers that just so happen to both have health issues of their own. I’ll be the first to admit that I am a sucker for awesome soundtrack songs and “Let Me In” should without a doubt be on an unofficial list of ‘Rad Songs Written For Movies.’
Airy pianos with slow buildups of guitar and drums at each chorus puts the listener through a musical rollercoaster that can easily be compared to the daily struggles that pretty much anyone goes through – in this case, being an adolescent living with a terminal illness. “Let Me In” has a similar instrument feel to The Spill Canvas‘ “Saved” and New Politics’ “Tonight You’re Perfect” but definitely holds true to the style that made the band who they are today.
“Let Me In” is the definition of what unconditional love should look like whether it be between significant others, parents, siblings or friends. Sure, in this case it was written to give life to the story of Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort’s characters, but it’s lyrics have the ability to reach out to the hearts of anyone who hears it. It perfectly captures how one party is afraid to open up while the other is reassuring them that it’s perfectly fine (“let me in, yeah, let me get closer”). Even lines like “…lookin’ like you’re lovin’, you’re livin’ the moment” and “…I’m tellin’ the man my plan to never feel alone” hints at how these two characters will be experienced.
Beautiful vocal harmonies between Christian Zucconi and Hannah Hooper turn the chorus of “gimme, gimme that love, I’ll be waitin’ for ya/and catch my hand, I’ll be fightin’ for ya/holdin’ my breath till there’s nothing left/hold your breath, now there’s nothing left/gimme that love, I’ll be waitin for ya” into an unforgettable piece of work. They stray away from making it a full fledged duet with some of Hooper’s reggae-ish moments before the chorus hits as well as Zucconi’s raspy wails tastefully weaved in throughout the song for dramatic effect. However, I could’ve lived without the “ooh, yuppity, yuppity, yup”s at the end of the song.
While there are some people that say the best way to show love is by letting the person go, “Let Me In” tells you the opposite, in which giving up is not an option. This song hits home for anyone that feels like they’re afraid of moving forward with someone whether in a romantic way or not. Every part of it is emotional, beautiful, and leaves you with long-lasting chills after every listen. Plus, it just makes you want to see the movie, even more (right?).