"Physical" became such a monster hit -- not just a hit, but a pop-culture phenomenon that was impossible to escape -- that it became difficult to view its accompanying album as anything other than a conduit for the single. The thing was, Physical was a damn good record, in many ways one of Olivia Newton-John's very best. Picking up where Totally Hot and Xanadu left off, Physical skillfully balances catchy yet mellow dance cuts with immaculately crafted adult contemporary pop and ballads. The title track, of course, is the best example of the dance side, but "Landslide," "Make a Move on Me," and "Promise (Dolphin Song)" illustrate that Physical wasn't a one-hit record at all -- if anything, they hold up better than the big hit. There is some filler here -- none of her records were free from that curse -- but it's well-made filler and helps make Physical one of the most enjoyable albums of her career.
Performance CreditsOlivia Newton-John Primary Artist,Vocals
Victor Feldman Percussion
John Farrar Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Tom Snow Synthesizer
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Lenny Castro Percussion
Bill Cuomo Synthesizer
Gary Herbig Horn
John Hobbs Synthesizer,Keyboards
Carlos Vega Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsJohn Farrar Composer,Producer
Steve Kipner Composer,Contributor
Tom Snow Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Albhy Galuten Composer
David J. Holman Engineer
Terry Shaddick Composer
William Bowden Engineer
George Osaki Art Direction,Cover Design
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Physical based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This has to be one of Olivia's finest albums. You could listen to this album for hours and it feel as if it were only minutes! This cd is for fans of any type of her music. It contains rock, pop, and ballads. Olivia sounds great on this album, in fact, at the all time peak of her presentation. This is probably, out of all of her cds, my favorite one. No Olivia Newton-John collection is complete without Physical.
This album clearly shows Olivia's versatility. Physical, the album, is her most popular solo album and caused much controversy with the double entendre of the title track. Olivia sports a new look with this album. All the songs are fantastic and the song Silvery Rain shows how much she cares about the Earth. The Promise is a great song. This album is a must have for ONJ fans (and for those that have not seen the accompanying videos for the songs, you should see them).