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Album Review

Three decades after their pop chart heyday with some of the most romantic hits of the early '80s, Air Supply — Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock — were still going strong, touring the world every year. The second decade of the 2000s began with a new burst of creativity as well, with the duo releasing Mumbo Jumbo — their first album of original material in eight years — and placing two songs on the adult contemporary charts. Even more impressive is Hitchcock's reaching out of the Air Supply comfort zone for this rich, emotional excursion into pop-country territory on an expansive two-CD, 20-track set that finds him working with some of the city's renowned session musicians and songwriters. Not surprisingly, while the singer employs a lower vocal tone than what most of his fans are used to, he still unapologetically plays the role of the super-romantic (the soaring opening ballad "Fallin'") and resident heartbreaker (the soulful and ironic, steel guitar-tinged "It Don't Mean a Thing"). He's not above rockin' just a little, getting bluesy and drinking and smoking cigarettes to get his lost love back — but somehow makes being "Desperate" sound full of a potential silver lining. Disc two's opening gush of heartbreak, "Far Enough Away from Colorado," is where the more authentic country vibe on the collection enters full force, and it's a ride that takes Hitchcock beyond simple affairs of the heart. He admits he's a little crazy and rowdy on "May the Best Man Win" and experiences a little of Johnny Cash's personal heartbreak on the somber retrospection of "Cash's Last Days." Usually, drinking is a celebrated theme in country music, but on "The Next Right Thing," Hitchcock boldly explores the darker side, asking for one last chance after yet another bender. Disc two has a few conventional love ballads ("A Love Like This," "Hold Me Like You Love Me"), but more clever expressions like "Like I'm Elvis" engage a bit more. Hitchcock's busy "day job" with Air Supply, and the perception that this could be a one-time flirtation with Nashville, might preclude him being invited to CMA events or the Grand Ole Opry, but it's remarkably strong, infectious effort that should be listened to with an open mind by country and pop fans alike.

Customer Reviews

great guy and great music

Hitchcock's new album is great. It is really rare for an artist to capture such a broad fan base, but he has managed to do it! One of the only artists that my parents and I agree makes good music! Definitely worth checking out if you like country music or any of Russell's other music!!

Also, I met him at a fan booth at CMA Fest and he is a really cool guy. I have met my fair share of musicians, but he is by far one of the most genuine. He really cares about the music and giving his fans his best work!! :)

Russell

Amazing album!!! By the best.

The Voice never changes

This album has brought back all the emotions from the first time I heard him sing so long ago. It's good to hear Russell making his own way in a different format. I hope he continues, as I will always want to hear him sing.

Tennessee-The Nashville Sessions, Russell Hitchcock
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  • $17.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock
  • Released: May 10, 2011

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