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An old-school make-out album might get your clothes off, but no rockers to knock your socks off,
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This review is from: Beautiful Goodbye (Audio CD)
This album marks a stylistic departure for Richard Marx. The songs are tailored for adult contemporary crowd. While many of Marx's greatest hits over the year have been ballads or slow-simmering songs, all of his previous albums have featured rockers with prominent electric guitars. In stark contrast, this album features no guitar-heavy tracks and a lot of drum machines. Sonically, it's very similar to Sade albums from the early 90s.
Now, this isn't meant to be a criticism--- Marx makes this sound work very well---but it is a stark departure from most of his work. It's a refined, old-school make-out album...but after a while, it's a bit boring. Marx has shown even in recent years that he can still write some excellent rockers (see the new tracks from My Own Best Enemy, Stories To Tell, Emotional Remains, and Sundown and you'll find a lot of songs that feature electric guitar and kick butt!). I'm a bit disappointed that he didn't construct this album to include some of those kinds of songs.