Minnie Driver

Album Title: Everything I've Got in My Pocket
Release Date: October 5, 2004
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Genre: Pop
It's hard not to approach a musical endeavour by a Hollywood star with a healthy dose of skepticism. But, upon a first listen to this debut by the award-winning English actress, one's skepticism is thrown out the window and rapidly replaced with respect and admiration for the soulful songwriter.

Boasting 10 original songs, along with one cover, Everything I've Got in My Pocket showcases another side of the acclaimed actress. What many aren't aware of is that Driver ó best known for her roles in movies such as Good Will Hunting and Grosse Pointe Blank ó began singing in London's jazz clubs as a teenager before her acting took her career in a different direction.

Here, Driver covers Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" and gives it a haunting, piano reworking, as each syllable drips off her lips with heartfelt emotion. The title track kicks off the disc with a lilting song of comfort. "Invisible Girl" showcases Driver's deftness with creating lasting images with her lyrics such as this song's chorus: "Heart shines like a neon sign/ For tonight won't you just be mine/ Invisible girl, in the sodium light/ She's the Queen of the night." Other highlights include the sombre "Deeper Water" and the folk, pop infused "Down."

Sporting a seductive, angelic voice that is reminiscent of the styles of Sarah McLachlan, Dido, the Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins and Eleni Mandell, Driver delicately weaves her way through songs about love that avoid clichČs through original metaphors.

Writer: David McPherson


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