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.