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Beautiful Goodbye

Richard Marx

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Album Review

Returning after six years without original material — a hiatus that was interrupted by two 2012 releases — one a live album, one a Christmas record, along with a 2010 reworking of old songs — Richard Marx is in a decidedly seductive frame of mind on Beautiful Goodbye. A romantic record through and through, Beautiful Goodbye is smoother than most of Marx's catalog, rolling along at a subdued pace and seemingly encased in silk. Savvy old pro that he is, Marx knows enough to vary the pace and the accents — at times this flirts with Latin rhythms, at times he incorporates just enough EDM to illustrate he knows it's 2014, but not enough to alienate any longtime fans — which is enough to keep Beautiful Goodbye far away from the monotonous. He's aiming for atmosphere, not hooks here and, consequently, the record might seem a little elliptical for those expecting a revival of "Right Here Waiting," but that mastery of mood is also the appeal of Beautiful Goodbye: this was designed for late-night romance, and forceful hooks would distract from the seduction.

Customer Reviews

An excellent album !

All the fans who have followed Richard Marx’ career will love this new album.
The king of ballads has once again produced a fabulous album of contemporary adult music. Thanks!

Biography

Born: September 16, 1963 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Before he became a pop/rock heavyweight during the late '80s (and an adult contemporary balladeer throughout the following two decades), Richard Marx sang on commercials and performed as a backing vocalist for Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, and Julio Iglesias. The Chicago native also delved into professional songwriting, penning tunes for Kenny Rogers and the St. Elmo's Fire soundtrack before landing a solo contract with EMI Records. Featuring production from David Cole, who later launched C+C Music...
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