Richard Marx is a great hero who since 1987 has given us many great songs. He is best known for his languorous love ballads, but if you listen to the early albums there is much more than that. Keeps his first two albums among the best that was in the late 80's, but also think that his recent album "Emotional Remains" was of good class.
This album then is nothing but a way to milk the fans for more money, something he already has far too much of. We got eleven acoustic versions of his most famous track and sure it sounds good. Richard sings awesome and the songs are great, but wonder if he missed that he released an acoustic record two years before with Matt Scannell from Vertical Horizon?
As a bonus, however, we have Richard's interpretations of songs he wrote for others. This feels a little strange when they are in a produced studio format, and had worked out better stripped down as the others.
Lifehouse "Had Enough" is cool such as Keith Urban's "Everybody", but he shouldn’t have tried to do Josh Grobans "To Where You Are".
John Mellencamp was never comfortable with the fact that he had changed his name to the stage name ´Johnny Cougar´. However, his success made it difficult to change back, so in the 80s he became the hybrid John Cougar Mellencamp.