Song Review: Nelson – “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection”

“(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection” was released as the lead-off single from Nelson’s 1990 debut album, After the Rain. The single was released on May 19, 1990, and it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

I was 15 years old and finishing up the 9th grade when this single was released, although I don’t really remember hearing it on the radio or seeing the video on MTV until sometime that summer. But the first time I heard the song, I fell in love with it instantly. The twins harmonize well together, and it was definitely a very pop friendly and catchy song. Not only that, but the lyrics are very relatable. After seeing the video, I ended up developing a little bit of a crush on Matthew Nelson. Tee hee. But that crush didn’t last very long, though.

The music video sees Gunnar Nelson looking at a magazine and admiring the woman on the cover as Matthew pesters Gunnar to perform a song with him. After that, most of the video is spent with Matthew and Gunnar, along with their band, lip synching and performing the song on a stage. I rewatched the video for the first time in a while shortly before writing this, and I’d forgotten just how much the director changed the speed of the footage during the performance section. It might have looked kind of cool at the time, but now it just looks rather cheesy. It almost felt like the director found a cool new toy in the editing bay and decided to overuse it. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the fashion in this video, because unfortunately, this helps to date it. The twins’ fashion in this video definitely did not stand the test of time. Oh well. At least the song still holds up 25 years later.


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