My Own Best Enemy

My Own Best Enemy is the seventh studio album by soft rock singer-songwriter Richard Marx. The album hit #126 on the Billboard album chart in 2004.[1] The album produced two singles, "When You're Gone" and "Ready To Fly." Both of them reached the 'Hot Adult Top 40' chart. "Ready To Fly" also hit #22 on the 'Adult contemporary' chart.[2]

My Own Best Enemy
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 10, 2004
StudioRenegade Studio, Capitol Studio B, Noise In The Attic, The Blue Room, Ocean Way Recording, Blackbird Studios, Seventeen Grand Studio, Westlake Audio
GenreRock
Length50:29
LabelManhattan Records
ProducerRichard Marx and David Cole
Richard Marx chronology
Timeline
(2000)
My Own Best Enemy
(2004)
Duo
(2008)
Singles from My Own Best Enemy
  1. "When You're Gone"
    Released: July 2004
  2. "Ready To Fly"
    Released: May 2005

The album marked a return to the microphone for Marx, who had spent the early-2000s as a successful songwriter and producer, after the comparatively weak commercial reception of his last album in 2000.[2]

As of January 2018, the album had sold a total of 56,958 copies in America per Nielsen SoundScan.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Richard Marx, except "Suspicion" co-written by Fee Waybill.

  1. "Nothing Left To Say" - 3:57
  2. "When You're Gone" - 4:24
  3. "One Thing Left" - 3:55
  4. "Loves Goes On" - 3:35
  5. "Ready To Fly" - 4:39
  6. "Again" - 6:17
  7. "Colder" - 3:09
  8. "Everything Good" - 3:18
  9. "The Other Side" - 4:56
  10. "Someone Special" - 4:15
  11. "Suspicion" - 3:56
  12. "Falling" - 5:13

Bonus Tracks on Japanese release
• "Endless Summer Nights (Live Version)" - 4:30

Bonus Tracks on U.S. Target Exclusive release
7243 4 73450 2 9

  1. "Should've Known Better" (Acoustic) - 3:46
  2. "Don't Mean Nothing" (Acoustic) - 3:57
  3. "When You're Gone" (Acoustic) - 3:44
  4. "Hazard" (Acoustic) - 4:10
  5. "Endless Summer Nights" (Live Performance) - 4:25

PersonnelEdit

  • Richard Marx – arrangements, lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11), acoustic guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12), additional electric guitar (5), acoustic piano (5), string arrangements (5, 9, 12), electric guitar (8, 10, 11), keyboards (8, 9), synth bass (9)
  • J.T. Corenflos – electric guitar (1, 3, 10, 12), guitar (2)
  • Keith Urban – guitar (2), guitar solo (2), backing vocals (2), additional guitar (3)
  • Michael Landau – guitar (4, 7), additional electric guitar (5), electric guitar (8), guitar solo (8)
  • Michael Thompson – acoustic guitar (5), electric guitar (5, 9), guitar (6)
  • Shane Fontayne – guitar (6), electric guitar (8, 11)
  • Bruce Gaitsch – acoustic guitar (10)
  • Paul Franklin – steel guitar (10)
  • David Cole – virtual synthesizer (2, 6), synthesizers (7, 11), string arrangements (9), keyboard pad (12)
  • Gary Smith – Hammond B3 organ (2, 4), keyboards (10)
  • Glenn Worf – bass guitar (1, 2, 3, 10, 12)
  • Lance Morrison – bass guitar (4, 7)
  • Mark Browne – bass guitar (6, 8, 11)
  • Steve Brewster – drums (1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 12)
  • Matt Laug – drums (4, 7)
  • John Blasucci – drum programming (5)
  • Greg Bissonette – drums (6, 8, 11)
  • Matt Walker – drums (9)
  • Eric Darken – percussion (4, 9)
  • Stephen Balderston – cello (3, 8)
  • Cliff Colnot – cello orchestration (3)
  • Arif Mardin – string arrangements (5)
  • Jessica Andrews – backing vocals (4)

The Amazing Nashville String Players

  • Cello
    • Anthony LaMarchina
    • Carol Rabinowitz
    • Sari Reist
  • Violin
    • David Angell
    • David Davidson
    • Connie Ellisor
    • Gerald Greer
    • Connie Heard
    • Pam Sixfin
    • Chris Teal
    • Kathy Umstead
    • Mary Kathryn Vanosdale
  • Viola
    • Jim Grosjean
    • Gary Vanosdale
    • Kris Wilkinson (also string contractor)

ProductionEdit

  • Producers – David Cole and Richard Marx
  • Recorded and Mixed by David Cole
  • Additional Engineering – Matt Prock
  • Art Direction and Design – Beth Middleworth
  • Creative Director – Gordon H. Lee
  • Cover Photo – Paul Elledge
  • Other Photos – Clay Patrick McBride
  • Management – Wayne Issak and Karen Scott for Issak Entertainment.

ChartsEdit

Singles

Year Song US A.C. US Adult Top 40 Germany
2004 "When You're Gone" - 20 -
2005 "Ready To Fly" 22 29 48

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "My Own Best Enemy Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  2. ^ a b https://www.allmusic.com/album/r701998