OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN Album Title: Stronger Than Before Producer(s): various Genre: POP Label/Catalog Number: Hallmark Source: Billboard Magazine Originally Reviewed: August 13, 2005

The timeless Olivia Newton-John indulges her many followers with a second album in as many years, following 2004’s import “Indigo,” in which she reinterpreted songs by 11 powerful female singers. “Stronger Than Before” also has a specific aim: presenting songs of inspiration, courage and hope during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (the 10-track disc will be sold only at Hallmark stores from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31). It is tough picking premier tracks, because they all offer a hand to those seeking strength, whether through the fragile “Under the Skin” or the empowering “Pass It On.” Newton-John, a 13-year breast cancer survivor, gives her all to this lovely project-but then that’s why she’s been loved for 35 years. - Chuck Taylor