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The Futurist

Robert Downey Jr. Audio CD
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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Broken 5:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Kimberly Glide 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Futurist 5:000.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. 5:30 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Hannah 4:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Smile 3:480.99  Buy MP3 

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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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4.8 out of 5 stars
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A special album! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Junior's Grown Up - Actors CAN become singers 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly good 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
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and personal 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
5.0 out of 5 stars genius 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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5.0 out of 5 stars great gift 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic purchase! 27 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After having no luck in finding this cd in any music store in town, I finally found it on amazon :D
I bought it for my boyfriend's birthday and it came in fantastic condition. No scratches at all and a prompt delivery!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening 17 Jun 2013
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This is a great album to listen to while you're relaxing or driving. Who knew RDJ could sing so well?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Glad I bought this used as it's not one I'll play often even though I'm a big fan of his.
Published 16 months ago by Kent Shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars It is possible to fall in love again...
I found this gorgeous album initially via youtube...I listened to "man like me" and despite the rash descision to download it from amazon. In no way have I been disappointed. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ghost of Kai
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted album
I didn't know Robert Downey Jr sang at all until about a week ago, but once I listened to 'Man Like Me' on youtube I had to buy his album. So glad I did. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by Jeuxie
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
I came across this completely by accident when looking up something about one of his films, managed to find one of the tracks to listen to online and was impressed, so bought the... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2010 by E. Tatlow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soloist
Having been a Robert Downey Jr fan for many years, indeed his latest calendar is plastered across my office walls, I was more than a little worried about listening to this album. Read more
Published on 16 May 2010 by J. E. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
How multi-talented can a man be? Great performances! RDJ can sing (I can't find any off key singing there, in the contrary! Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2010 by Vivian Ardry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album I've Ever Heard!!!!!!
I only knew Robert Downey Jr as an actor and had seen him a few films, when I found out he was a singer too I decided to check out this album. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2008 by Ms. N. Canham
5.0 out of 5 stars The Futurist Can Sing
What a brilliant CD I surprised he could sing so well. Would recommend this to everyone to listen to
Published on 10 Feb 2008 by J. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars And he sings too....
Just Brilliant! It's music to slit your wrist by BUT it really is amazing. The music is excellent and Mr Downey's voice and passion well.... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2006 by Raychel Sizer
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