Robert Downey, Jr.

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Smile Review

by JT Griffith

Robert Downey, Jr.'s only properly released musical material, aside from film and TV soundtracks, was an 1993 EP of Smile from the Chaplin soundtrack. The song "Smile" is an original composition by the legendary early filmmaker, with lyrics written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. "Smile" had previously been a hit for Nat "King" Cole, and can be found on Capitol's Nat King Cole retrospective box set. To give an indication of the hit's popularity, other artists who recorded Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" have included easy listening's Andre Kostelanetz. Downey's version is more of a reinterpretation than was Cole's, with more of a modern ambient, techno sound to it. The EP, released by Epic, includes the "album" version and a remix called "Piano Mix." Overall, this is music that fans of Robert Downey, Jr. will want. It shows creative potential, but Downey achieves more mainstream sounds on A Very Ally Christmas and Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life.