Wednesday, July 18, 2007

New Music: Minnie Driver - Seastories

I know the very thought of actors trying to make it as singers is completely gag worthy and ultimately horrible at times, but every so often you get one that really makes an effort and puts together something beautiful. Minnie Driver is definitely one of those few in my eyes.

She has just released her second album, "Seasongs", which is a fantastic collection of acoustic folk rock songs. The album follows the fairly successful "Everything I've Got In My Pocket" which was released in 2004. Minnie's vocals are very subtle but seductive and almost bluesy at the same time (think Jenny Lewis or Martha Wainwright). The 12 track album was completely penned by Driver and features a few friends, including Liz Phair who provides backing vocals to the track Sorry Baby, and Ryan Adams who is featured on the song "Beloved".

The complete track listing is as follows...

1) Stars And Satellites
2) Sorry Baby
3) Beloved
4) Cold Dark River
5) Mockingbird
6) How To Be Good
7) King Without A Queen
8) Mary
9) Lakewater Hair
10) London Skies
11) Coming Back To Life
12) Love Is Love

Minnie As Dahlia Malloy in "The Riches"

Minnie is currently doing a summer tour in support of the album, hopefully she will come back to Toronto as I missed her when she was in town for the first album, and her new TV series "The Riches" for the FX channel has just earned her an Emmy Nomination for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series.

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