11/25/2014

Milestones: 'The Futurist'

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. 
The Futurist 
[Sony-2004]

The haunting piano instrumental that Robert Downey Jr. plays at the end of the movie Two Girls and A Guy [1997] piqued our interest in his then-unbeknownst to us musical side. Scanning through the film’s end credits we were even more intrigued when we learned it was one of his own compositions.


That particular song, "Snake", is not included in The Futurist. What can be found on this album is mostly piano-driven singer/songwriter material reminiscent of Elton John’s "I Want Love", in whose video Downey Jr. appears as the protagonist. 

Sadly, due to The Futurist not doing too well sales-wise, Iron Man decided to put the kibosh on his music career. Too bad: this is a moving full-length debutone that should appeal to an audience looking for mellow, more adult-contemporary farefrom a talented musician better known for his day job and run-ins with the law. Guests include former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson on "Your Move" first half of his old band's "I've Seen All Good People" medley; and legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden, who performs on a heartfelt cover of Charlie Chaplin’s "Smile", appropriately enough.

Highlights: 
"Kimberly Glide", "Little Clownz", "Your Move", "Details", "Hannah", "Smile".

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