My Own Best Enemy

To say that Richard Marx's "My Own Best Enemy" is a return to form is perhaps misleading; in fact, the prolific singer/songwriter has never faltered in delivering ace-quality melodic fare, for himse

To say that Richard Marx's "My Own Best Enemy" is a return to form is perhaps misleading; in fact, the prolific singer/songwriter has never faltered in delivering ace-quality melodic fare, for himself and the scores of artists he has partnered with during the past decade. But with his eighth album and first major-label effort in seven years, it feels like the passion is amped, along with a rejuvenated edge. Guitar-grooving "When You're Gone" has scored at adult top 40, while the rest of the CD is a potential cross-format powder keg, with bright pop anthem "Love Goes On," empowering "Someone Special" and disc highlight "Ready to Fly," a handsome ballad that's a shoo-in for No. 1 AC honors and—in a just radio world—will deliver the evergreen artist to a new top 40 generation. Seventeen years later, 40-year-old Marx remains a master craftsman, with one of the great adult albums of the year.—CT