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Seastories [Extra tracks]

Minnie Driver Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (12 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B0015MS770
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Stars And Satellites 5:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sorry Baby 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beloved 5:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cold Dark River 4:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mockingbird 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. How To Be Good 4:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. King Without A Queen 4:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mary 4:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lakewater Hair 3:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. London Skies 4:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Coming Back To Life 6:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Love Is Music 1:100.79  Buy MP3 


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minnie's Sonic Seascape 4 Sep 2007
By Angel Delta TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The prospect of a 37 year old, London born, Barbados and Hampshire raised Hollywood actress, making an alt country album with an impressive array of Americana luminaries might seem unlikely. What might be more unlikely is to discover that she has crafted such an impressively authentic alt country album with her powerful alto voice proving that she possesses a warm, mature and interpretative instrument.

In this, her second album, she is accompanied by Ryan Adams and The Cardinals (on four tracks), Neil Casal, Jon Graboff and Rami Jaffee (of The Wallflowers, who also co-produced the album). There is also an appearance by Liz Phair.

Ms Driver has written all of the songs on the album herself and there are enough catchy hooks to satisfy even the most jaded ear with a sonic seascape of pedal steel, piano, Hammond organ, drums, violin and cello swirling around her.

Her lyrics speak of love and she gives them the emotional reading that they deserve. Given her day job this is scarcely surprising but it does make for a rich, intimate experience that delights the heart and the soul.

With this release Minnie Driver has enriched the 21st Century music scene.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly accomplished 14 Aug 2007
By IWFIcon VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Quite randomly, I've never liked Minnie Driver as an actress. Don't ask me to explain as I wouldn't really know how to. And whilst her first album Everything I've Got In My Pocket didn't exactly reinvent the wheel it was shockingly competent in terms of an actress branching out into a musical career.

And that vein continues with Seastories.

Once again I doubt it is going to sonically astound most listeners, and indeed the gentle lilting alt-country vibe (it is not for nothing that Ryan Adams' Cardinals pop up on a handful of songs) is nothing new; there is however the sense that Driver is good at what she chooses to do.

Mockingbird ramps up the bluesy kind of rock that KT Tunstall could do very well, whilst the more gentle, piano driven ballad How To Be Good shows that Driver is just as adept at that side of things as well.

Granted, lyrically Driver's efforts are a little weak, but this isn't necessarily a death knell for the album as a whole. There is a kind of earnest simplicity on this collection that works really well. Go on, give it a go. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 26 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I loved her first album but this one slipped by me till recently. Really enjoyable though not as good as the first. Her voice carries the songs well & the choices are good. Lets hope for more in the future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Minnie hits a sour note 11 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
I must say I was really looking forward to listening to Minnie's new album because I genuinely enjoyed her first album. I would like to say I was blown away by her latest attempt but I wasn't. I was disappointed for the most part although there are a few redeeming songs on the album, namely Mockingbird, London Skies and Love is Love. These songs are magnificent, a triumph on an otherwise befuddled, lackluster album. Minnie can't seem to decide whether she wants to sing country, folk or pop and combining all three, sometimes all in one song, is painful to listen to and just downright frustrating because we all know how talented she is. While some of her lyrics are simply divine others seem like the non-sensical ravings of a drugged up teenager. I would like to believe that she is still experimenting with her sound and that she will eventually settle on one that is best suited to her abilities, but since she's been singing for years that seems unlikely. All we can do is patiently wait for her to discover what we already know, that she doesn't have to try so hard. Just do what you do best Minnie and the rest will fall into place. She has the ability to blow singers like Sarah MacLachlan and Bird York out of the water...if only she'd find her niche and stay there. The album is worth buying if only for the three songs I mentioned above, they are the kind of songs you can listen to over and over again and never tire of them. Minnie if you're reading this please record more songs like those!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Star Indeed! 17 July 2007
By Mark D. Prouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can only echo another reviewer and say that Driver is IT. However, where I liked much of her first album, despite it's atmospheric slowness (I wished it had rocked a little more, had more variety), with this one, she's stolen my heart. The opening title just engaged me right away, and from there, through the next five songs, it never let up. The seventh and eighth tracks I will have warm up to, but then she hit me with "London Skies" and through to the end, a sort of brief bow called "Love Is Love," I AM in love. Her singing is strong and assured, her songwriting equal to any, in the huge crop of good singer/songwriters working today, and there's lots of thrilling stuff going on behind her, especially the bass work by Chris Feinstein and Al Wolovich on some, and Ed Heywood's pedal steel on "How To Be Good," and the gorgeous ballad that is the climax of this album, "Coming Back To Life." There are nice touches by Liz Phair and others, but this is Driver's moment; the "entire package" includes some nice photos, an added bonus to a CD that will be staying in my changer for a while. Excellent.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very, very good. 21 July 2007
By Buzz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I saw her perform this the night the CD was released. It was in a really small bar with a ridiculously small stage. Her band could barely fit on it. Anyway, every song she sang I was hearing for the first time. I knew she could sing but was pleasantly surprised at what I heard from this band. I wondered what the CD would sound like and it is wonderful. A previous reviewer mentioned the first five songs and that is spot on. There's great fare in the vein of Chrissie Hynde, Fleetwood Mac, and even The Band. Here's a suggestion: preview Seastories for free via Rhapsody's service and listen to it through a pair of good headphones. Beautiful music that touches the spirit.

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I've now listened to the CD about 20 times and I'm just thrilled. I previously talked about the first five songs but the sixth song How To Be Good has become my favorite. Beloved is damn close to being the perfect single too. This is one hell of a CD.

Minnie, let me be the first to congratulate you on what should be a well deserved Grammy nod.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly stunning 18 July 2007
By Diamond D - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After having enjoyed her in several diverse film and TV projects, the most recent one being The Riches, I have really come to respect Minnie Driver as a versatile actress. I had no idea however that she was a musician with 2 CDs out too, and I was blown away when I started to listen to Seastories. I was immediately hooked. She has a bittersweet style that is gentle, melancholic, and completely real and grounded (a surprise for a big actress). I've been listening to the CD for the last couple of days and can't get some of the songs out of my head. They are like ear candy--pleasantly melodic with an emotional presence that hits the spot perfectly. I can't believe that this album--with its folksy/dream pop/atmospheric sound and slight country tinge at times--was made by a British actress! But thanks to its authenticity and accessibility, my disbelief quickly faded and I became enchanted with Minnie's beautiful style.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! This needs a 6th Star! 9 Aug 2007
By David Lind - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Most CD's have a few tracks that are just OK or disappoint you in some way...but not Seastories, This CD is top notch in every aspect! Minnie Driver is an AMAZING artist with a voice that will blow-you-away. This is without a doubt the Best CD of 2007 and deserves a 6th star! You won't be disappointed...at all...for any reason...ever...honest!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SeaStories brings it "too the shores" 17 July 2007
By William Mcclenthan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Let Me be the 1st too say..where "evrything i got in my pocket" was a wonderful cd like a ship a-float on the ocean..and her vocals like a breeze of silk..this cd brings it too the shores..no sophmore slump here!! and she puts to rest along standing comment.."actors can't sing/singers can't act">>she is the FULL package! also a wonderful song-writer!..i have listened to this disc 3 times already today, and only got it a few hours ago!.."sorry baby" is a fun up-tempo track..and "beloved" is wonderful!..it's the perfect, what i call "sunday-record"..put on the coffee, read the paper, and just relax and listen!...the only reason i gave it 4-stars is, that for me i just wanted it NOT too end..so really (it's a 5)..i could go on..but then you wouldn't have time to really enjoy the magic (of what i HOPE the record companies keep around)of Minnie Driver!...Peace..may your ears stay happy Bill McClenthan
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