It is a pretty good disc…,well, except for her version of Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” that is. Otherwise, I like it!

Minnie in the Driver’s Seat on First Album
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) – Minnie Driver knows the news of yet another actress making an album generally starts people’s eyes rolling, and she’s just fine with that.
“With all due respect, the bar is set fairly low in terms of actors making seminal records, especially singer-songwriters,” Driver says. “Mainly it seems to be a bid for more money and fame instead of a truly creative endeavor.”
For Driver, the project started as a way to exorcise some demons. “The idea of making a record came only after I had written six songs,” she says. Producer Marc “Doc” Dauer “had far more faith than I did that it was a record. I was just working out some personal stuff. He was like, ‘C’mon, honey, you have to profit off your pain!”‘
The result is the low-key, mellow “Everything I’ve Got in My Pocket,” which comes out Oct. 5 on Zoe/Rounder in the United States and Oct. 18 in the rest of the world through Liberty/EMI.
Driver, who has been playing live for several months, will open 18 dates for the Finn Brothers in the United Kingdom starting Oct. 15. Her band includes Dauer and the Wallflowers’ Rami Jaffe.
“It’s really important that I put it across live,” she says. “I know that’s the only way people are going to buy me as a musical artist.”
But, like any new act, she has had to take her lumps. She opened an OXFAM benefit recently that also featured R.E.M., Coldplay’s Chris Martin and the Thrills.
“It was awful!” she says with a laugh. “It was like, ‘What the hell is Minnie Driver doing singing?’ But I pretty much won them over by the end of the set. People were like, ‘Go and earn your stripes. It doesn’t come for free.’ I love the challenge.”