A Celebration in Song

Olivia Newton-John

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A Celebration in Song Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

A Celebration in Song is not a proper Olivia Newton-John album, per se. Instead, it's a collection of duets -- some old, some new -- compiled into a benefit album for her cancer center in Melbourne, Australia, and as a benefit album it's hard to fault, as it is 12 songs of inspiration and faith that loosely speak to living with and surviving cancer. Musically, this is a little samey -- it's all gentle, immaculately produced easy listening -- but it's not that dissimilar to any of the records Newton-John has released since surviving breast cancer in 1993, and for any fan that has followed her in that decade and a half, this will be familiar, comforting, and for a good cause.

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