Brit actress makes half-decent debut

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Minnie Driver – Everything I’ve Got In My Pocket

Driver was signed to Island as a singer-songwriter in the early ’90s, but was then offered a lead role in the film Circle Of Friends?and that was that. A decade later, she’s finally found time to record a rather fine debut album. Backed by members of The Wallflowers and Pete Yorn’s band, she’s got an appealingly bittersweet voice and, with the exception of one cover (Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart), wrote all the songs herself. The title track has a chilled, Morcheeba-ish feel, and “Wire” sounds like surrogate Dido. But that’s as commercial as it gets?the rest is classic country-folk fare.