My Own Best Enemy

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
In the seven years since he released his last solo album, Richard Marx has kept busy writing material for pop superstars including 'N Sync, Josh Groban, and Barbra Streisand. The lauded tunesmith's greatest triumph, however, came in co-writing Luther Vandross's "Dance with My Father," which won the 2004 Grammy for Song of the Year. My Own Best Enemy returns Marx to his career as a performer with a dozen songs that are more bluntly honest than anything he's previously recorded. He pleads for forgiveness amid the lush strings on the bittersweet "Ready to Fly," just as he's waiting for the other shoe to drop on the rocker "When You're Gone," which features a tasty ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
In the seven years since he released his last solo album, Richard Marx has kept busy writing material for pop superstars including 'N Sync, Josh Groban, and Barbra Streisand. The lauded tunesmith's greatest triumph, however, came in co-writing Luther Vandross's "Dance with My Father," which won the 2004 Grammy for Song of the Year. My Own Best Enemy returns Marx to his career as a performer with a dozen songs that are more bluntly honest than anything he's previously recorded. He pleads for forgiveness amid the lush strings on the bittersweet "Ready to Fly," just as he's waiting for the other shoe to drop on the rocker "When You're Gone," which features a tasty guitar solo by country artist Keith Urban. Marx confesses to ennui in a relationship on "Nothin' Left to Say," with its loping rhythm and Collective Soul–like guitar intro, and offers a touching tribute to his late father on the uplifting "The Other Side," accented by a mix of string arrangements and keyboards. Even when Marx reflects on better days -- as on the singsong "Everything Good," buoyed by jangly acoustic guitar and sunny harmonies -- he still manages to squeeze in a solemn line or two. He leavens the album's lyrical heaviness with the optimistic "Love Goes On," with its cheery call-and-response vocals and edgy hooks. Whether his mood is gloomy or lighthearted, My Own Best Enemy marks a welcome homecoming for a potent pop singer-songwriter.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
My Own Best Enemy arrives in the midst of Richard Marx's thriving career as a producer and songwriter, and in particular his Song of the Year Grammy with Luther Vandross for "Dance With My Father." You'd think these successes would sour him on another solo outing, especially since 1997's Flesh & Bone and the 2000 self-released LP Days in Avalon didn't exactly ignite soft rock radio. The opposite, however, seems to be true. Working comfortably within the adult pop realm instead of grudgingly accepting the genre as his fate, Marx puts forth a solid effort tinged not only with engagingly modern production and arrangements, but subtle personal reflections and just a little bit of that "Don't Mean Nothin'" grit. "When You're Gone" is the single, reintroducing Marx's grainy smooth voice over a slick yet rousing backing track helped along by the guitar and supporting vocals of pal Keith Urban. The Nashville connection continues with "Love Goes On" -- Jessica Andrews contributes chorus harmonies, and the nicely appointed cut's a steel guitar overdub away from contemporary country hit status. Later, "Someone Special" acts on that Music City pacing and steel guitar urge; it's essentially a Lonestar song sung by Marx. My Own Best Enemy does stick a little too closely to its slick formula, and the lush production smooths its edges. But Marx keeps reaching deep into his vocal chords and pulling out that legitimizing scratchiness he's always relied on. The midtempo sameness of Enemy also highlights Marx's slower material and his talent for deftly altering the mood. The quiet, simply romantic "Again" features some really nice flourishes of watery, echoing guitar, while slight electronic percussion patters in the background of "The Other Side"'s bruised-heart urgency. The two songs are emotional opposites, yet they never stray from an easily digestible adult pop sound. It takes true talent to sound genuine over what could've been maudlin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724359171920
  • Catalog Number: 91719
  • Sales rank: 3,076

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nothing Left To Say (3:57)
  2. 2 When You're Gone (4:24)
  3. 3 One Thing Left (3:54)
  4. 4 Love Goes On (3:35)
  5. 5 Ready To Fly (4:39)
  6. 6 Again (6:16)
  7. 7 Colder (3:09)
  8. 8 Everything Good (3:18)
  9. 9 The Other Side (4:55)
  10. 10 Someone Special (4:14)
  11. 11 Suspicion (3:56)
  12. 12 Falling (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Marx Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Bass
Michael Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Eric Darken Percussion
David Angell Violin
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Steve Brewster Drums
Mark Browne Bass
David Cole Synthesizer, Keyboards
J.T. Corenflos Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Davison Violin
Connie Ellisor Violin
Shane Fontayne Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Bruce Gaitsch Acoustic Guitar
Jim Grosjean Viola
Connie Heard Violin
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Michael Landau Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Lance Morrison Bass
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Chris Teal Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Glenn Worf Bass, Bass Guitar
Matt Laug Drums
Carl Rabinowitz Cello
Matt Walker Drums
Keith Urban Guitar, Background Vocals, Soloist
Gerald Greer Violin
Gary W. Smith Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Jessica Andrews Background Vocals
Stephen Balderston Cello
Sari Reist Cello
Stephen Balderston Guitar
Technical Credits
Fee Waybill Composer
David Cole Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Arif Mardin String Arrangements
Richard Marx Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Beth Middleworth Art Direction
Paul Elledge Cover Photo
Matt Prock Engineer
John Blasucci drum programming
Cill Colnot Orchestration, Cello Arrangement
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get "Ready To Fly" with "My Own Best Enemy" ...

    Richard Marx possesses a talent that never ceases to amaze me. His new CD "My Own Best Enemy" is, in my opinion, his best work to date. The arrangements of the songs, both musically and selectively, immediately draw you in and take you from one track to the next with a great [and almost heart-stopping] anticipation. The BEST thing I could say about "My Own Best Enemy" is that it's a BEST BUY and would be a welcomed addition to anyone's CD collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love the songs on "Best Enemy"

    These are songs that will stick in your head. Once again RM proves why he writes some of the best songs recorded. Keith Urban's guitar solo, and back ground vocals on track #2,"When You're Gone" are a nice compliment to RM's. You'll like "Suspicion", co-written by Fee Waybill, and "Colder".

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