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|Studio album by|
|Released||12 November 2002|
|Studio||Sing Sing South (Melbourne, Australia); Electric Mountain Studios and Milk Bar Studios (Sydney, Australia); Red Zone Studios (Burbank, CA)|
|Genre||Pop, country pop, adult contemporary|
|Producer||Olivia Newton-John (exec.), Charles Fisher, Richard Marx, Rick Nowels|
|Olivia Newton-John chronology|
(2) is the nineteenth studio album by Australian pop singer Olivia Newton-John, released on 12 November 2002 in Australia. A duets album, the majority of tracks are with Australian artists, along with two American performers (Richard Marx and Michael McDonald). The Peter Allen and Johnny O'Keefe duets are built around archive recordings, with new vocals added by Newton-John.
The album was planned to include the song "True to Yourself", a Vanessa Amorosi song re-recorded as a duet and intended as track two. However, the track was dropped at the last minute due to contractual disagreements between Amorosi's Transistor Music and Newton-John's Universal Music labels. Both women said they felt sad about the situation and clarified that there is no problem between them, but that it was simply a contractual matter.
|1.||"Sunburned Country" (with Keith Urban)||Olivia Newton-John, Keith Urban||Charles Fisher||5:37|
|2.||"Lift Me Up" (with Darren Hayes)||Darren Hayes, Nowels||Fisher, Rick Nowels||3:59|
|3.||"I'll Come Runnin'" (with Tina Arena)||Diane Warren||Fisher||4:26|
|4.||"Tenterfield Saddler" (with Peter Allen)||Peter Allen||Fisher||4:07|
|5.||"I Will Be Right Here" (with David Campbell)||Warren||Fisher||4:26|
|6.||"I Love You Crazy" (with Human Nature)||Brooke McClymont, Robert Parde, Steve Werfel||Fisher||3:49|
|7.||"Bad About You" (with Billy Thorpe)||Don Cook, James House, Newton-John||Fisher||3:00|
|8.||"I'm Counting on You" (with Johnny O'Keefe)||Alicia Evelyn||Fisher||2:29|
|9.||"Never Far Away" (with Richard Marx)||Marx, Jamey Clewer||Fisher, Richard Marx||4:45|
|10.||"Happy Day" (with Jimmy Little)||Nathan Cavaleri, Don Walker||Fisher||3:55|
|11.||"Act of Faith" (with Michael McDonald)||Michael McDonald, Newton-John, Tommy Sims||Fisher||4:56|
|12.||"Physical" (acoustic version) (bonus track)||Steve Kipner, Terry Shaddick||Fisher||4:16|
|13.||"Let It Be Me" (with Cliff Richard)||Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë||Fisher||3:43|
The album was a great success in Australia, reaching the top 10 in the ARIA Charts, being certified Platinum. A TV special for the album promotion, A Night with Olivia, also aired in the country, featuring John Farnham and Tina Arena as special guests.
Newton-John's 2008 duets album, A Celebration in Song, contains two songs originally released on (2): "Never Far Away" and "Sunburned Country".
The album contains the song "Lift Me Up", a song co-written by Darren Hayes, the vocalist for Savage Garden, and producer Rick Nowels. The song had been originally offered to the Backstreet Boys for possible inclusion in one of their forthcoming albums at the time. Although the Backstreet Boys did record the song in the studio, it did not make the final cut for inclusion in the album, as they reportedly had dozens of songs to consider. Hayes then offered the song to Olivia Newton-John, as he had a contractual agreement with her management to provide songs for her. She accepted to use the song and included it in her album of duets that she was planning, inviting Hayes to record it with her. The Olivia Newton-John/Darren Hayes duo's recording appears as the second track in this album 2  Darren Hayes later recorded a solo version of the song. The Backstreet Boys' version, despite not being on any of their recordings, has appeared online.
The Australian leg of Newton-John's Heartstrings World Tour also served in the promotion of album. These were the first solo concerts in Australia of Olivia since 1982 and were very well received by the public and critics. New Idea magazine published an article of "the comeback of queen" in 2002, highlighting the success of the album and tour, as well as its induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame.