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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 028947804369
  • Catalog Number: 1343904
  • Sales rank: 189,406

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stars & Satellites (5:18)
  2. 2 Sorry Baby (4:20)
  3. 3 Beloved - Ryan Adams & the Cardinals (5:07)
  4. 4 Cold Dark River (4:29)
  5. 5 Mockingbird (4:14)
  6. 6 How to Be Good (4:47)
  7. 7 King Without a Queen (4:03)
  8. 8 Mary (4:10)
  9. 9 Lakewater Hair (3:22)
  10. 10 London Skies (4:39)
  11. 11 Coming Back to Life (6:16)
  12. 12 Love Is Love (1:08)
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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
Al 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
Richard Dodd Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good Album ...

    I had no idea Minnie Driver even made music until I heard her on XM75. It peaked my interest enough for me to get the CD, which I must say I'm glad I did. She really has a beautiful voice and the album is full of great songs. I'd definately recommend to others ...

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