Film star Minnie driven to suc­ceed in mu­sic world

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Jim Mil­ton

Mu­sic fan Jim Mil­ton pre­sents his lat­est ‘Hid­den Trea­sure’ fea­ture by putting Minnie Driver’s 2003 re­lease Ev­ery­thing I’ve Got In My Pocket un­der the spotlight.

Who? - Count­less singers have turned to act­ing with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess and cred­i­bil­ity over the years, but not many have made the tran­si­tion in re­verse. One of the higher pro­file Hol­ly­wood film stars to di­ver­sify into mu­sic, and make a real fist of it, is Minnie Driver; with an im­pres­sive vo­cal range and nur­tur­ing an in­ter­est in mu­sic first awak­ened at board­ing school, she signed a record­ing deal with EMI in 2001.

What? - Minnie’s first solo record, Ev­ery­thing I’ve Got In My Pocket (EIGIMP), came out to min­i­mum fan­fare, al­though a sup­port slot on the UK por­tion of the Finn Broth­ers tour that same year helped en­lighten the world to a gen­uine new tal­ent on the singer-song­writ­ing cir­cuit.

Peak­ing at num­ber 43 on Bill­board’s Top Heat­seek­ers chart, 10 of the al­bum’s 11 songs are self­penned, the ex­cep­tion be­ing an stripped-down but wor­thy cover of Bruce Spring­steen’s Hun­gry Heart.

With? - Pro­duced by Sheryl Crow and Ste­vie Nicks as­so­ciate Jeff Trott, along with Marc ‘Doc’ Dauer who must take credit for urg­ing an ini­tially tac­i­turn Driver to com­mit her un­ques­tion­able tal­ent to vinyl, or what­ever they call it th­ese days.

The pair also formed part of Minnie’s su­per-tight stu­dio band, along with Wallflow­ers key­board player Rami Jaf­fee and lap steel gui­tarist Ben Peeler, for­merly of the Mav­er­icks.

Stand-out? - Nei­ther sin­gle taken from the al­bum, the ti­tle track nor In­vis­i­ble Girl, came any­where near to dent­ing the charts, al­though, as an open­ing salvo, the pair be­gins EIGIMP on a pow­er­fully catchy note.

Close to per­fec­tion as a pop song, the lat­ter pre­sents Driver’s com­pos­ing craft to great ef­fect.

Else­where, qual­ity main­tains a fine stan­dard with Home and Deeper Wa­ter par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing to the ear.

What Hap­pened Next? - Seas­t­o­ries, from 2007, and 2014’s Ask Me To Dance both charted higher than her de­but, but such a mea­gre out­put sug­gests that the sil­ver screen was al­ways go­ing to be her main pri­or­ity.

Legacy? - A hun­dred years from now, her name cer­tainly won’t be men­tioned in the same breath as say Joni Mitchell or even Aimee Mann, to whom she has been com­pared, but I do believe that EIGIMP does de­serve a place among the very best re­leases

by lat­ter day singer-song­writ­ers.

Ca­reer shift The cover of Driver’s first solo al­bum

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