"Emotional Remains" is a bit of a departure for Marx, with a brand of rock that some may not think is synonomous with the artist, writer, and producer that has helped to launch sales of a combined 50 million albums worldwide. "This is the most straight ahead, modern rock album I've made in my career thus far," said Marx." "And the fact that I can just put music out on the web, direct to our fans, is what makes this project feel like a labor of love." Whether it's "Better or Worse," an undeniably catchy and inspirational rock ballad that will resonate with Marx fans old and new, or the faster-paced "From the Inside," which features a darkly confessional lyric backed by a wall of guitars, the tracks are poised to join Richard's existing arsenal of hits. The forthcoming album also contains some of the chart topper's most ambitious and personal works to date. The songs possess the heartfelt vocals found in all of Marx's signature songs, but with a hard rock edge. From "Through My Veins," a poignant tribute to Richard's father to "When November Falls," a loving father/son ballad that Richard dedicated to his sons. Emotional Remains, which has just debuted online and at Marx's website, www.RichardMarx.com, features songs co-written by Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon, Fee Waybill of The Tubes, and singer/songwriter Graham Colton. Marx adds, "This recording is certainly evidence of the music that I've been listening to over the last few years, and vocally it took me to a different place than where I've been."
Another album entitled "Sundown" includes original material written and performed by Richard, duets with musicians Toni Braxton and Vince Gill, as well as covers of songs from such iconic artists as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. This album marks the first of Richard's releases to include cover songs on its official track listing. Richard says, "I really enjoyed venturing out of my comfort zone performing the covers on Sundown. I found recording these songs to be a challenging but, ultimately, a very rewarding experience. I just hope there are songs on this album that move someone other than me." In addition to "Wild Horses" and The Beatles' "And I Love Her," featuring country singer and songwriter Vince Gill, Richard lends his expansive vocal range and unique instrumentation to Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," and Sade's "Ordinary Love", and the original song "Suddenly," featuring best-selling singer Toni Braxton.