Album Reviews: Minus Five by The Minus 5Just in time for Valentine's Day, Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5 would make a good matchmaker. No, there's nothing romantic about The Gun Album, unless you're a card carrying member of the NRA. But McCaughey has thrown together another interesting party of a record and invited all his famous and talented friends to play on it. The impressive guest list includes: Wilco, Peter Buck (R.E.M.), John Wesley Harding, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), and Ken Stringfellow (The Posies). I'm not sure who's really a member of The Minus 5 other than Scott McCaughey himself, but with names like these recording for you, it doesn't matter.
For curiosity purposes alone, The Gun Album is worth a listen. It's all the more exciting that a lot of the tunes here are solid rock loaded with hooks. "With a Gun" bangs out playful lyrics like "I'll kick your sister's ass," while "Hotel Senator" checks in like a Wilco outtake from their pre-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot days. Overall The Gun Album is as much of a blast as The Minus 5's Down with Wilco from a few releases back. The Minus 5 play the kind of music that sounds familiar yet fresh. You know the artists have done their homework and been influenced by the best. They're the type of people who'd have made you an awesome mix tape, but they decided to do original songs instead. The Gun Album's sights aren't set that high, but it never misses the mark. - Jeff Kamin
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