Stories To Tell
DataReleased November 2010
Genre Pop Rock
N of discs 1
Edition date November 2010
Label Wrasse Records
I love his voice, song writing skills, the songs and the production of these songs. The first time I heard Richard Marx on the radio was years ago in 1989… yes 1989 with the now classic poprock song "Satisfied". It blew me away. Marx was in home country U.S.A. a big star. He had from his self titled debut album four Billboard Top 5 hit singles and one of them "Hold On To The Nights" even reached to number one. And if you ask me if he had released the song "Lonely Heart" instead of "Have Mercy" he had five top 5 singles. But that aside.
If we are talking about looking back, Richard Marx now released a sort of 'best of' album called "Stories To Tell" with all acoustic versions of his biggest hits… call it naked versions. Only acoustic guitar or piano. It’s not a new idea, think of Bon Jovi on his "This Left Feels Right" or Kip Winger on the "Made By Hand" album. On these records it’s all about the beautiful lyrics and melodies and not about overproduced power chords and choruses (which I adore).
If you listen to these naked versions you’ll quickly find out that you are listening to a special album. From the first notes of "Endless Summer Nights" you’ll be amazed by the great voice of Mister Marx… It’s still strong, a little bit raw and pure as he did on his first album. Pure is I think the perfect word for this cd. The first eleven songs of "Stories To Tell" go by without a weak moment. The brilliant sung "Hazard", "Angelia", "Over My Head", "Should’ve Have Known Better", "This I Promise You" and of course "Right Here Waiting". The songs survived the test of time and are sounding now better than ever. I must say that Marx nailed it again and that he goes right to the core of the songs. So here’s a tip for you from this lazyrocker. A tip for these cold dark months... put down the lights, light some candles and place this "Stories To Tell" album in your CD player… it’s the perfect soundtrack to… yes… you know what... ;-)
But be aware… the first eleven songs are all acoustic, the following seven songs on the album it is Richard Marx with full band playing songs he wrote for others. Starting with "This I Promise You" (recorded originally by N’sync). Other songs are Marx' version of "To Where You Are" (originally recorded by Josh Groban), The brilliant "Had Enough" (recorded by Lifehouse). But a real highlight on the album is Marx' version of "On The Inside", a Daughtry song he wrote together with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Chris Daughtry. You hear Kroeger's influence in this one. Marx really rocks on "You Never Take Me Dancing" (originally recorded by country star Travis Tritt), "Everyday" is Marx latest single, a song with a slow start but in the end the song rocks just like all full band songs do on "Stories To Tell".
"Stories To Tell" is as I see a great summary of the work and career of Richard Marx.