Minnie Driver began her acting and musical careers simultaneously but ditched a U.K. Island Records contract when the silver screen called.

Minnie Driver began her acting and musical careers simultaneously but ditched a U.K. Island Records contract when the silver screen called. After star-making turns in films like "Good Will Hunting" (and a bad case of media overexposure), Driver has quietly returned to music. Writing 10 of the 11 tracks on "Everything I've Got in My Pocket," she delivers gentle melodies and understated, often bittersweet lyrics about love and loss. Fleshed out by producer Marc "Doc" Dauer (Pete Yorn) and several veteran musicians, Driver's songs sound a lot like Dido's, particularly on "Invisible Girl" and the title track. Occasionally ("Fast As You Can," "Home") her vocals take on a twangy edge that suits Ben Peeler's subtle pedal steel playing. Her only misstep is an arid cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart." Driver credits Springsteen as a major influence, but she should stick to her own pen when she follows up her promising, if delayed, musical debut.––JM