RICHARD MARX - review added 8th June 2012
Album Review: Inside My Head (2012)
For fans of: Rock
The last Richard Marx LP I have is "Paid Vacation" from 1994. I'm not sure what happened since then, because to all intents and purposes he has release some corking albums, but for whatever reason he dropped off my radar.
However, he is now back in view with "Inside My Head", which is not quite a full studio album but not too far off. It features a mix of rare older tracks, new cuts, and Richard singing tracks he has written with or for other artists. It also comes with a second disc featuring re-recordings of his biggest hits...although the less said about that the better.
The sound on IMH is modern and fresh. The tracks are mostly on the softer pop-rock side, though the occasional ballad, funk track or near-metal song appears. Richard's voice is still as amazing as ever, boasting that same old husky edge and sublime tone he has had since day one. I don't know what he does to look after himself, but it works.
Of the tracks, the highlights include 'Wouldn't Let Me Love You' which is an epic old school ballad with real class, the sweet and great sounding 'Loved', and the superb rocking final track 'Part Of Me'.
There's nothing here that matches his finest songs, but don't let that put you off. "Inside My Head" is still a fine album with lots to enjoy. The fact that RIchard Marx is still going and still sounding this strong is enough for me. The guy is a legend. End of story.
Overall (Not An Average Of The Above):
01. Had Enough
02. Wouldn't Let Me Love You
03. Like Heaven
04. On The Inside
05. Through My Veins
06. Always on Your Mind
08. Come Running
09. All Over Me
11. Done to Me
12. Over My Head
13. Part Of Me