The Rumour

Olivia Newton-John

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The Rumour Review

by William Ruhlmann

After the relative commercial flop of Soul Kiss, The Rumour found Olivia Newton-John attempting a comeback by turning to a hip producer, Davitt Sigerson, and recording the title track, written and produced by Elton John and very much in his style. There was also "Can't We Talk It Over In Bed," which attempted to reignite Newton-John's steamy "Physical" image. The makeover was unavailing, however: The Rumour didn't cross the halfway mark in the Hot 100, while the album was Newton-John's lowest charting effort since 1971.

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