Anthony Rapp's soulful voice drives home his wonderful songs on his debut album--although one can hardly call it a debut album, after he's done so many musicals! There's not a bad song on this album, although some shine more than others. He shines on the slower songs, like the haunting "Room To Breathe" (one of my three favorites on the album), and the beautifully orchestrated "Always"... "Lesson #1" is also a pleasant listen.
Ant's voice doesn't quite fit on all of the rock songs--I adore "Living Alive", but the mix is a bit off (or maybe it's just me), and at some points it's hard to hear his voice. "Human Tornado" is a different, quaint listen; however, by the end of the song, you're ready for it to be over. The song was well executed and definitely witty, but the end drags a bit.
However, the truly great songs: "Goodbye"--a tune with a really powerful message--is utterly fantastic. My repeat button is wearing out from listening to it. It's as close as Ant gets to pure rock, and the song truly glistens. My alltime favorite, though, is "Out Out Damn Spot"--so incredibly INVENTIVE! An upbeat ballad about...well, good Lord, just listen to it. It has showtune aspects and so much humor and his voice just soars with it. :)
Not to mention "Just Some Guy"--an incredibly sweet, jazzy little ballad--"Visits to You"--a tearjerker that you can tell was written from personal experience--and "Look Around", the cute little title track that's about the same as "Human Tornado"--both are highly listenable, but they get tiring after awhile.
All in all, this album is FANTASTIC. A must-buy if you're branching out from musical theatre, or you enjoy "alternapop" with excellent lyrics and musicianship.
I adored Ant's voice in RENT, and this album just makes me feel fantastic about his future in the music business!