Some thing never change. Like Olivia Newton-John's set list and stage "banter", for example! Amazingly, after a break in touring of over 17 years, Olivia is still telling the same jokes (I use the word loosely) and singing (mostly) the same songs as she did back in the early '80's!
This album is quite pleasant though the arrangements are bland and there's a lack of upbeat material. Her voice has suffered with time, often cracking and appearing croaky, like she has a throat infection.
She's happiest on songs like DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' and HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW, two absolute highlights she sings to perfection. XANADU, PHYSICAL , the GREASE songs and A LITTLE MORE LOVE... well, she sounds quite uncomfortable now, to be honest.
Olivia's overwhelming sentimentality is explored on the dreadful self-penned DON'T CUT ME DOWN and the ultra sickly OVER THE RAINBOW. And, of course, the show ends with I HONESTLY LOVE YOU, just as it's always done.
The packaging is OK. Festival aren't known for their high-quality sleeve art on Olivia releases, but at least you can tell it's her on the cover this time!
So, ONE WOMAN'S LIVE JOURNEY is representative of Olivia's work. All the best stuff happened in the '70's and the first couple of years of the '80's, and pretty much everything after that is redundant.
Olivia has certainly had many chances over the years to re-launch her career, but her lack of commitment and, often, interest, have ensured they've all fallen by the wayside.
ONE WOMAN'S LIVE JOURNEY is nice for her diehard fans, especially those who've seen her shows, but Olivia is basically an upmarket retro act now, as this release shows.