Jeff and I were disappointed in The Christmas Album. We were really hoping for some vintage Air Supply: soaring vocals from Russell Hitchcock, competent guitar playing from Graham Russell, that sort of thing. Instead, it’s pretty much a Bing Crosby Christmas album with different vocals. Still, if there’s one song that captures a bit of the Air Supply magic, if you can call it magic, it’s this one.
Air Supply: Love Is All (download)
From The Christmas Album Amazon
Jason: We should tell our readers that if they’re on the fence about buying the Air Supply Christmas album, don’t do it. It’s not worth it. This is the only song that has any Air Supply in it, really. The rest of it is all traditional, could’ve-been-sung-by-anybody pap.
Jeff: Wow. This sounds like the beginning of a made-for-TV Christmas special. Is that Crystal Gayle?
Jason: "we hunger for that touch?" that’s awkward.
Jeff: CBS Presents: "The Suckiest Christmas," starring Dyan Cannon and Kris Kristofferson.
Jason: Love is where we all begin, Jeff, you cynical prick. And when we knock on heaven’s door, only love will let us in. Somewhere, Bob Dylan just winced.
Jeff: There’s some wicked reverb going on in here.
Jason: Oooh, listen to that note! That’s the first time Russell Hitchcock hit a Hitchcockian note.
Jeff: Oooh, a guitar just tickled my left ear. I feel dirty.
Jason: Another high note from Hitchcock!
Jeff: Goddamn, real strings! The first real strings we’ve heard all fucking Mellowmas, and they’re wasted on Air Supply.
Jason: Don’t you know that love is all, Jeff? Love is where we all begin, Jeff. You cynical prick. And here comes that horrible heaven’s door lyric again.
Jeff: Yeah, and it’s all that will let us into heaven when we die. This is sort of a morbid song for the holidays. True love cannot be broken, through all the tears of pain.
Jeff: Oh, shit, Hitchcock just rocked a little!
Jason: I just heard that! He almost growled! Almost.
Jeff: I think that was his Bob Seger impression. He probably had to lie down for a minute after that.
Jason: Wait a minute. Does this song actually mention Christmas at all, come to think of it? I don’t even hear any jingle bells.
Jason: Air Supply tricked us! This isn’t about Christmas!
Jeff: They totally did.
Jason: I read somewhere that this song actually gets holiday airplay!
Jeff: They tricked us into listening to another one of their sappy fucking love songs.
Jason: Goddamn these Australians!
Jeff: They could have at least thrown in a children’s choir or something.
Jason: I agree. We got screwed.