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RICHARD MARX

INSIDE MY HEAD

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2012

 

 

 

If I say that I can bear to listen to Richard Marx now does that mean I'm getting old? He is? Or maybe we are both a little older and wiser? Normally when I get something like this I pass it on, but laid up in bed with flu does strange things to you...

 

Back in the day I had a huge problem with Richard Marx and I'll be the first to admit it. I think I saw him somehow as the Australian version of that light rock legend Michael Bolton (yes inexplicably I thought that Marx was Australian – he is of course from Chicago). Back in those days of course they produced just the kind of rock I railed against. Watered-down, light-weight, housewife-friendly and inexcusably insipid...

 

 

Well, in truth not a real lot has changed...

 

 

Actually maybe it has, as part of my painful research I pulled out Marx’ high watermark ‘Repeat Offender’ and ‘Rush Street’ albums and found that I couldn’t finish either of them.

 

 

I listened to this one all the way through, and managed to find a few redeeming features: ‘On the Inside’ for example is actually a great song as is ‘Wouldn’t Let You Love Me’ but there are shockers too: ‘Like Heaven’ sports some questionably syrupy lyrics and would slay a diabetic at 30 paces it’s so steeped in sugar; and ‘Through My Veins’ is one for the ‘style over substance’ basket…

 

 

Overall though, this is still one for the easy-listening brigade. I guess I’d secretly hoped to find a bit of melodic rock with balls in there somewhere but none presented themselves. Next time Richard maybe get someone to add a little guitar?

 

 

Still ultimately disappointing rock fans everywhere…

 

 

by Mark Diggins