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on December 2, 2001
I absolutely love Olivia Newton-John. I've been a fan of hers as long as I can imagine, and I was thrilled when I heard she was releasing a Christmas CD. The results, however, are a mixed bag. Olivia has been on tour this year, leaving no time to go to the studio and record a brand new Christmas collection, so what you actually get on this CD, is a compilation of songs that have all appeared elsewhere, some good, some not so good. Several of the tracks included here were taken from a "Hallmark Cards" CD that she recorded last year with Vince Gill. Of those tracks, none of them really highlight her voice to it's full potential. The best of that lot was "Silver Bells". "O Holy Night" is terribly under-produced. It sounds as if her producer wouldn't let her use her entire range and kept her too restrained. A few of the other songs were lifted from a Kenny Loggins TV special from a couple of years ago,(the duet on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is one of the high points), plus a couple of other recordings she did for various projects, like the "Mother and Child" Christmas CD from 1995. ("Christmas Never Felt Like This", a very nice tune which Olivia co-wrote, is taken from that CD.) The low-point has to be "Let It Snow", which has Olivia clowning around with Clint Black and Kenny Loggins. It probably worked within the context of a TV special, but it just comes accross as goofy without the visuals to back it up. Overall, the CD is pleasant enough, but without any real surprises; the tracks just kinda run together. I really wanted to like it, and although I do enjoy some of the tracks, this is really for fans, only.