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Emotional Remains (Amazon.com Exclusive)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2009
Anyone who has followed Richard Marx's musical career has seen a man that has always been able to write from the heart and express himself creatively through his lyrics. I appreciate that about his work. His latest album does not disappoint his fans. I admit that I had to listen to the music a few times before I appreciated the difference in how his music has matured and grown since the earlier music he put out. But I ended up not disappointed at all once I got used to his current style. The song, "For Better or Worse" is so powerful to those who are in emotional pain and have to keep on keeping on in a relationship that is worth fighting for despite the agony. I love how emotional Richard Marx sounds on songs like - "Done to Me" that really express perfectly his frustration and anger of caring deeply for someone that broke his heart to death and how hard it is to move on. It's classic love angst that hits home with so many fans. He does not fail to move and touch with the song, "Through my Veins", which I strongly assume refers to his Dad's death still staying with him and how much he sees his father in himself now, therefore never really losing him at all. Very deep stuff. That song's tone is so fitting for the lyrics and the melody leaves you haunted by its end in such a beautiful mind possessive way. I am so thankful that Mr. Marx keeps cranking out the good meaningful type of music that is desperately needed in such a demoralizing world of messed up empty values in music. He promotes a healthy emotional outpouring that means so much to many of us who can relate to desperately wanting relief in a desensitized secular world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2011
Somehow I slept on this CD until now... I have been a fan for years and this album really slipped through the cracks. What a shame because it is some of Richard's best work to date. I used to follow Richards vlogs but I think when I made the jump from myspace to facebook is when I really lost track of him. And unfortunately there was no other indication in the mainstream media that this album was out. The reason I found out about it now is because Richard and Matt came to my town - Cleveland and I went to see them in concert. Then I thought let me look him up on Amazon and lo and behold - a whole album I missed. I purchased the download on Amazon.
In my opinion the FIRST FIVE songs are not only great works but also could've been big hits on the radio. The rest of the CD is ok to me typical RM which I enjoy very much. But those first 5 tracks... it would really be a shame if they did not get heard. I really hope Richard and the record company find a way to re-release these tracks they need to be heard by the world. I believe they are award worthy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2009
Richard Marx has got to be one of the most under-rated artists in music history. This is partly due to media and industry pigeon holing but also Marx's admirable devotion to time spent with family rather then relentless self-promotion. In the late 90's Richard was put into the AC category. Well, 'Emotional Remains' shows his true Rock colors. The album opens with the excellent 'From The Inside' with it's chorus backed by a wall of guitars. 'Part Of Me' is another great rocker on the album which soars. No Richard Marx album would be complete however without the ballad, 'Emotional Remains' has the brilliant 'Through My Veins' The verses in this song would touch even the most hardened heart - "..Saw you in the window of a cafe I passed by, though clearly my reflection, was your face I recognized.." The album goes up another gear with 'Save Me' and 'Done To Me'. And of course the album rounds out nicely with a masterful remixed/re-recorded version of the 1980's classic, 'Should've Known Better'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2009
After rediscovering Richard Marx about a year ago, I was excited to learn that not only did he continue making albums all these years but he was also expecting to release Emotional Remains. I bought this album via his website about a year ago and absolutely love it. It definitely has more of a rock flavor than some of his other albums and like the other reviewers, a few songs stand out more than the others. Yes, his songs are good and some great, but what I find impressive is his voice. His voice has matured since the 80s, but he still has the great qualities. I went to his concert a few months ago and he sings his old songs just as good as before. Another reviewer is interested in hearing Richard Marx sing his old songs. I recommend buying his Duo album, a collaboration with Matt Scannell. In it Richard sings about 4 of his old classics with just his and Matt's guitars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2009
The album overall is well done. I am sure "Through My Veins" will be a hit."When November Falls" and "Over My Head" are also pretty good. The album seems to be very different then "Right Here Waiting" or "Hold On To The Nights". Marx has a true talent for writing, producing, and singing. We can't forget he is the one who wrote N'Sync's hit "This I Promise You". The only thing I didn't like about the album was "Dancing" which seems to have a country them to it. Overall, though I was impressed with the album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2009
I've always loved Richard Marx's music. I went to his concert in Riverside, Iowa and was just blown away by his talent. I didn't realize he was such a great guitarist. He is so talented it's just amazing !!!!! I love the new CD. He captures the essence of today's music mixed with the soulful Richard of yesteryear. Where does he come up with all the awesome verses of love in his songs? I love "You Never Take me Dancing", "Through my veins", "Over my Head", especially. Also the remake of "Should've Known Better" is just 'out of this world'!!!! If you ever get a chance to see him in person, by all means do !!!!! He's quite the funny guy also. Love it, just love it !!!!!!!!!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2009
This album and another one,"Sundown", have been available from Marx's official site both as digital download and physical CDs for some time. I bought the physical CDs and they came in a jewel box with a proper booklet.

Of the two albums, "Sundown" is closer to the Richard Marx that we're used to. It includes two wonderful duets. "Suddenly" with Toni Braxton and "And I Lover Her" (originally by The Beatles) with Vince Gill.

I don't know whether "Sundown" will be released as well. It should be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Emotional Remains" is an outstanding album released by Richard Marx - artist with one of the best rock voices ever. If you know Marx from late 80s and 90s you know that you can expect high quality rock music with great lyrics and interesting arrangements. This very album contains less ballads and more classic rock oriented songs than his previous albums. Guitars are very loud and sound very wild. "From the inside", "Save me" or especially "Through my veins" are extraordinary songs that should be released as the singles to promote this fantastic album. It's a shame album is barely know and very underrated. Hopefully "Sundown" will be released officially on CD one day as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2009
I have been a Richard Marx fan since "Don't Mean Nothing", seen him in concert several times, have all his CD's. Missed him while he was writing and producing for other artists. I have been playing this CD for the past two days and the songs reminded me again of how much I love Richard Marx's music. The ballads and the other tracks make me want to listen to this CD over and over again. I highly recommend this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2010
I had heard mixed reviews about this CD but it did not deter me from purchasing it. My only regret is I waited too long. The material on this CD is for die-hard Richard Marx fans. He is at his best here especially on "From the Inside", "When November Falls", "Part of Me" and "Take You Back" and "Over My Head".

Gut wrenching lyrics hit home and they paint a vivid picture in your mind. It's this kind of consistent songwriting that has made him what he is today and keeps fans like me coming back for more. Richard has an amazing way with words and his voice is equally in top form. He is a poet in the true sense of the word. He has written rockier songs and maybe a couple of these should have been harder, but they're still good nonetheless. These are songs describing love in desperation, pain and devotion. New versions of "Never Take Me Dancing" and "Should've Known Better" are great. Add this to your RM collection. You won't be disappointed.
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