Tim Robbins releases an album about his midlife crisis

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Actor Tim Robbins

People love Tim Robbins, the star of The Player and the Shawshank poster in your ex-boyfriend’s dorm room, because he kind of seems like a regular guy. Sure, he’s famous and rich and probably doesn’t worry about things like which roommate’s turn it is to buy paper towels. But despite all that, there’s still some glint in his eye that seems to say, "Hey, it’s me, Tim Robbins. I get it. I get you." So when Robbins recently went through some unfortunate personal issues (failed marriage, failed movie), he did what any of us do would do: he recorded an album and announced on BBC Radio that it will be released later this year.

The album was originally going to be titled The Midlife Crisis Album, before Robbins decided that maybe he didn’t want to see a million promotional ads featuring his face behind the phrase "Midlife Crisis." Songs of Love and Misery is the album’s newer, more cheery title, and will deal with, in Robbins’ words, "What the hell am I doing here? What is it that will make [me] happy?" He also told the BBC that Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, and Johnny Cash were his "desert island" musical choices. I can only hope that his album will be as good as any of those artists, because, yes, I’m one of those people who love Tim Robbins.