by Minnie DriverMinnie Driver


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The idea of the actor moonlighting as a musician is not an uncommon one. Hollywood stars like Kevin Bacon, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith, Juliette Lewis, and Jared Leto have all made the leap from the silver screen to the concert hall (or dive bar) with varying degrees of success, and now Minnie Driver, with her second album Seastories out, can feel confident that she's more than a one-trick pony who relies on production help and a strong band to validate anything she might produce. Not that these things don't exist here, but Driver's a solid enough singer, able to switch from bluesy rock numbers ("Mockingbird," "Mary") to folkier pieces ("Stars & Satellites," "How to Be Good") without too much effort, and though her lyrics aren't always great, she sometimes stumbles across something pretty good ("Sure do sing a pretty song darling.../Like a lark and sweeter than a starling/But mostly like a Mockingbird") and only rarely misses completely ("'Cause you are something/And we are nothing/But love is good"). Which means that Seastories rests comfortably in the realm of the decent, the kind of thing whose pedal steel-laden riffs might strike you at some point, whose layered guitars and sometimes-reverby studio work might actually seem appropriate, whose repeated references to blue eyes might actually seem poignant, though more often these things will not rise above their very ordinariness. She's laid off a little in production here, allowing the organic qualities of her voice, the skills of the musicians (on four songs, members of Ryan Adams' very talented band the Cardinals help craft the careful alt-country that Driver seems especially drawn to, and which fits her well) to come through more clearly, giving more authenticity to what she's doing instead of just confirming her big studio budget. No, Seastories won't blow you away with what it does -- neither in ingenuity nor brilliant interpretations of an already well-developed style -- but it's a substantial enough effort to consider Driver a serious musician, and not just one who messes around with singing in her free time.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2007
Label: Zoe Records
UPC: 0601143108723
catalogNumber: 431087
Rank: 103174

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Minnie Driver   Primary Artist,Guitar
Stevie Blacke   Violin,Cello
Neal Casal   Guitar,Piano
Chris Feinstein   Bass
Rami Jaffee   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,chamberlain
Wolovitch   Bass
Jonny Polonsky   Guitar
Keith Gattis   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Eric Heywood   Guitar
Jon Graboff   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Ryan Adams   Guitar
Marc Dauer   Guitar,Background Vocals
Zac Rae   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Brad Pemberton   Percussion,Drums
Liz Fair   Background Vocals
Scott Seiver   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Rami Jaffee   Producer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Ken Sluiter   Engineer
Marc Dauer   Producer,Engineer
Minnie Driver   Producer
R. Walt Vincent   Engineer
Tom Gloadly   Engineer
Gus Oberg   Engineer
Chris Kro   Cover Design
Emma Danoff   Producer,Engineer
Shawn Everett   Engineer

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