My Own Best Enemy

My Own Best Enemy

by Richard MarxRichard Marx


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2004
Label: Manhattan Records
UPC: 0724359171920
catalogNumber: 91719
Rank: 46638

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Marx   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Michael Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Violin
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Steve Brewster   Drums
Mark Browne   Bass
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
David Cole   Synthesizer,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Fee Waybill   Composer
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
David Cole   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production

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