The Minus 5

The Minus 5

by The Minus 5

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The Minus 5

Scott McCaughey has certainly been in enough demand recently, thanks to his work with R.E.M. and other acts, but he returns to his role as the Minus Five's ringmaster with terrific aplomb on this, their seventh studio album. The disc veers from crystalline pop to drunken revelry at the drop of a hat -- or, more precisely, a shot glass -- but seldom has the aggregation sounded more together than they do here. The polish does great things for tracks like the alternately elegiac and spasmodic "Rifle Called Goodbye," which reconciles McCaughey's Zombies fixation with a healthy appreciation for feedback, and the country-tinged "With a Gun," reminiscent of the twangers that the Beatles tossed off in their later days. That firearm motif -- which extends to the album's cover -- has prompted devotees to dub the disc "The Gun Album," but don't expect any bona fide shoot-'em-ups. Soused rave-ups like the bleary "Aw Shit" are more goofily resigned than they are brawl-inciting, while darker tunes like "Cemetery Row," sung here by Colin Meloy of the Decembrists, manage to bring across a tone of melancholy while sidestepping the maudlin. Consider this one a roots-rock bull's-eye.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2006
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457206526
catalogNumber: 2065
Rank: 310721

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Minus 5   Primary Artist
John Wesley Harding   Track Performer,Group Member
Scott McCaughey   Track Performer,Group Member
Morgan Fisher   Track Performer,Group Member
Peter Buck   Track Performer,Group Member
Kelly Hogan   Track Performer,Group Member
Eric Lovre   Track Performer,Group Member
John Moen   Track Performer,Group Member
Bill Rieflin   Track Performer,Group Member
John Stirratt   Track Performer,Group Member
Ken Stringfellow   Group Member
Jim Talstra   Track Performer,Group Member
Jeff Tweedy   Track Performer,Group Member
John Ramberg   Track Performer,Group Member
Glenn Kotche   Track Performer,Group Member
Mike Jorgensen   Track Performer,Group Member
Sean Nelson   Track Performer,Group Member
Colin Meloy   Track Performer,Group Member

Technical Credits

Scott McCaughey   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Kurt Bloch   Producer,Engineer
Eric Lovre   Engineer
Mike Jorgensen   Engineer
Bob Spires   Composer
John Moremen   Composer

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