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  • Audio CD (25 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Classical
  • ASIN: B0006J1ITW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Man Like Me
2. Broken
3. Kimberly Glide
4. The Futurist
5. Little Clownz
6. 05:30
7. Your Move
8. Details
9. Hannah
10. Smile

Product Description

The actor-turned-recording-artist oeuvre has often been ridiculed, but this warm, low-key effort by Robert Downey Jr is something of a joy. Though he's toyed with music previously, the actor's commitment here is a total one, his troubadour guise carried via an earthy voice with echoes of Dave Matthews' and informed by lyrics with more than a little personal, if lyrically opaque, truth. The wistful "Broken" may be carried on The Futurist's most lilting melody, but its repeated AA-creed refrain is a bittersweet reminder of Downey's personal demons. Spare, jazzy arrangements help keep the focus on Downey's voice throughout, a brave tack that sometimes overplays his novice songwriting skills. But while songs like the Wonder Boys-inspired "Hannah" may amble, the forceful "Man Like Me" and stately grace of "Kimberly Glide" are better showcases for Downey's musical promise. His eight originals are supplemented by two covers: an expected, if overly smoky jazz trio cover of Chaplin's "Smile" and a quaintly confident cover of Yes' "Your Move" sweetened by Jon Anderson himself on backing vocals. --Jerry McCulley

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adam Zielinski on 12 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
A special album for your special collection. That's probably the best way to describe it... Let's be honest - fans of Britney aren't going to buy it.
I also bought it on the strength of Robert Downey Jr's performance on Jonathan's Ross show. And I'm not disappointed. Music is wonderfully rich and complex, without being pretentious. Vocals are OK - not brilliant, but much, much better then average. The cast of musicians on the album is very impressive, which only makes it an even more worthwhile piece of music.
Very good production encourages it to be played loud - and do play it louder then usual, otherwise some of the quieter and brilliant layers of music may disappear.
Overall? Buy it, especially at this price. You will not be disappointed, but be prepared for it to grow on you. I wanted to give it 4.5 stars, but Amazon don't have this rating, so 5 was a much better choice then 4!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Big Daddy K on 29 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this album on the strength of RDJ's impressive live performance on Jonathan Ross' show. 'Man Like Me' was the track, and thankfully the other 10 songs are also worthy of much praise. Take the vocal versatility of Peter Gabriel, the complex jazz and percussive arrangements of Sting, add a sprinkling of Pearl Jam, touches of Billy Joel, and beautiful piano/synth arrangements reminiscent of early Bruce Hornsby and you're somewhere close to explaining RDJ's unique sound. This album deserves to be big, and probably will be(And not just on the strength of young ladies seeing the inserted album cover that obscures RDJ's more self-deprecating 'fag ash' portrait!). A rich layered collection of songs from a complex personality which will appeal to a broad spectrum of people. Put away the Nora Jones 'coffee table' CD and try something surprisingly 'caffeine free'.All that naked bongo playing has definitely paid off!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miss VINE VOICE on 19 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a truly stunning and underrated CD that thoroughly deserves to be bought!
Downey Jr brings us a beautiful selection of songs, some incredibly powerful, and some sweet and dreamy, all of them with thoughtful, touching lyrics. His voice is deep, rich and soulful, and also has a husky edge that's incredibly sexy in an understated way. He more than equals the emotional sensitivity that current singers such as James Blunt and Damien Rice are often praised for. His style and tone are truly unique - the closest I can get to a vocal comparison is probably Genesis, but thats not very accurate.
One of my favourite songs is 'Broken', with its expression of how difficult it is to find love in a world where everyone's suffering from the strains of modern life. The amazing song 'Man Like Me' is also a definite highlight, and is inspirational, as it conveys Downey's determination to rise above his chequered past, to leave behind the days when he was at his lowest and to build a new life. Lines such as 'This is a habit I'm breaking now for ever; I'm weary of trying to shake it' will strike a chord with anyone who's suffered from addiction of any kind. The song is also a statement of his own worth, his message to those who have judged him - he still believes that a man like him is worth listening to. And after hearing this CD, I'm sure you'll agree.
Finally I'll just say, if you buy this CD and like it, then you might also want to get hold of the 'Ally McBeal:For Once In My Life' CD, as it includes Downey's heartwrenching piano ballad 'Snakes', as well as duets with Sting and Vonda Shepard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By edward fielding on 20 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
I totally recommend this cd it sounds like a mixture of Sting and Peter Gabrial,there is a certain vunrability about this cd
which adds to the enjoyment. Mr Downey singing off key on occasions but always focused and drawing you in to his world.
I never thought like most of you of ever owning a Robert Downey Jnr Cd, Im so pleased i do ,Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 25 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
the man is a total genius, with a warmth and radiance that just flows out of his work and this is no exception. great lyrics, great voice. needs to be listened to a few times to get the full impact, after which you just find layer after layer of meaning- like his work. go buy!
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By Vivian Ardry on 8 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
How multi-talented can a man be? Great performances! RDJ can sing (I can't find any off key singing there, in the contrary! I noticed the remarkably clean intonation - and I am a musician myself and very sensitive on that part!) and play the piano very well and the best songs on the album are the ones he wrote. Wonderful, a gem! The more often I listen to it the more I love it! It's addictive!
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By Lin on 9 July 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
fast delivery. item as described.
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By Londener on 31 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
gave as a gift - they loved it, so excited to receive it. framed it def worth getting for someone
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