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My Own Best Enemy
1. Nothing Left to Say
2. When You're Gone
3. One Thing Left
4. Love Goes On
5. Ready to Fly
8. Everything Good
9. Other Side, The
10. Someone Special
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 91719
Richard Marx; David Cole; Richard Marx; David Cole
David Cole; Matt Prock
Personnel: Richard Marx (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, bass synthesizer, background vocals); Richard Marx (vocals, guitar); Shane Fontayne (guitar, electric guitar); Stephen Balderston (guitar); Bruce Gaitsch (acoustic guitar); Connie Ellisor, David Davison, Gerald Greer, Connie Heard, Chris Teal, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, Pamela Sixfin, David Angell, Catherine Umstead (violin); Jim Grosjean, Kris Wilkinson, Gary VanOsdale (viola); Sari Reist, Stephen Balderston, Carl Rabinowitz, Anthony LaMarchina (cello); Glenn Worf (bass guitar); Matt Laug, Matt Walker (drums); Michael Thompson (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Michael Landau, J.T. Corenflos (guitar, electric guitar); Keith Urban (guitar, background vocals); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); David Cole (keyboards, synthesizer); Gary W. Smith (keyboards); Gregg Bissonette, Steve Brewster (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); John Blasucci (drum programming); Jessica Andrews (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: David Cole.
Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Capitol Studio B; Noise In The Attic; ocean way; Renegade Studios, Chicago, IL; Seventeen Grand Studios, Nashville, TN; The Blue room; Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Clay Patrick McBridge.
In the 1980s, Richard Marx embodied a successful brand of pop/rock that combined the gritty American Heartland sounds of Bob Seger and John Mellencamp with the smooth production style and heart-on-the-sleeve romanticism of the Barry Manilow/Leo Sayer set. Marx continued to work steadily into the early 2000s with other artists, finding prosperity as a songwriter and producer for N Sync, Josh Groban, and other chart-toppers. In 2003, he won a Grammy award for his co-authorship of the Luther Vandross hit "Dance with My Father."
Marx's MY OWN BEST ENEMY is a comeback album of sorts, and finds the multi-talented vocalist in as strong a form as ever. Straight-up AOR pop with a hint of twang, the record alternates between mid-tempo, groove-oriented songs ("Nothing Left to Say," "Again") and the majestic power ballads for which Marx is so well known ("Ready to Fly"). The disc is also a showcase for Marx's dark, slightly left-of-center lyrical bent, which often stands in subtle and effective contrast to the music's sunnier tone. A welcome return from an oft-underrated artist, MY OWN BEST ENEMY reveals Richard Marx as an unusually complex musician reaching the peak of his creative powers.
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