September 14, 2004
Actress/Singer or Singer/Actress?
Minnie Driver has recorded an album and is opening for the Finn Brothers during the UK and Dublin gigs. There's quite a kerfuffle among the fans on the discussion lists - "she's taking the place of a more worthy, struggling musician who doesn't have an alternate career handed to her on a plate," according to some, and "let's wait and listen first" from others. Sadly, there's more debate about the opening acts than about our impressions of the Finn album, which are mostly along the lines of "it's nice, but...." (Add another item to my quest list - the "lost" Visconti sessions for Everyone Is Here.)
If you go to Minnie's site, there are a couple of songs if you want to hear what she's like. Apparently she'd been pursuing a singing career maybe ten years ago when she got into acting instead, and now is resuming or revisiting her earlier interest. Having heard the songs, I'd rather have had her as the opening act than Ari Hest (who flattered himself by thinking he could sing both parts of a duet he'd love to do with someone like Norah Jones. It was painful.).