I guess it's not that cool to like Richard Marx. When he was at the peak of his popularity 20+ years ago he made some outstanding tracks such as 'Right Here Waiting' and 'Hazard'. However, at that time much of the rest just seemed to be fairly bland middle of the road rock. Now, maybe it's because I'm 20+ years older or because the consistency of his songwriting has improved, but I have really enjoyed listening to this album. I can ignore the fact that it has been cobbled together from other albums released over the past few years as I wouldn't have known that if a reviewer hadn't mentioned it. It hangs together very well and has a good mix of rock and ballad. Anyone who is a fan of Lifehouse's last outstanding album will recognise the opening track 'Had Enough' - Marx wrote this with Jason Wade of Lifehouse. It's a great track whichever version you listen to although the Lifehouse version just about shades it for me. The other collaboration with Wade is 'Like Heaven' which is a simply gorgeous goose bumpy ballad, without doubt my favourite on the album.
The second CD is a remake of some of his older well known material. If like me, you are not totally familiar with it all, it definitely adds value to the package. I guess if you know these songs it has less value as I don't believe they are significantly different from the originals.
So all in all I am very impressed with this album. Does that make me uncool?