Down With Wilco - The Minus 5
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  • Summary: On this long-delayed release, the Minus 5's Scott McCaughey, Ken Stringfellow (the Posies) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.) team up with all four members of Wilco for 13 original tracks.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. This collective has always represented the darker elements of McCaughey's personality, but the depression is kept in check here by Wilco's solid and often upbeat backing, thus playing a major role in the most enjoyable Minus 5 release yet.
  2. It’s the most lush, symphonic pop music since, well, Wilco’s Summerteeth.
  3. While the album isn't nearly as compelling as Wilco's latest, it proves a thoroughly enjoyable listen nonetheless.
  4. While Down is ultimately just a collection of minor pleasures, they're the kind of pleasures that add up.
  5. Almost too understated for its own good.
  6. While not quite as satisfying as Wilco's 1998 collaboration with Billy Bragg, Mermaid Avenue, the new record is a great document of two groups that enjoy experimenting and pushing the musical envelope.
  7. It's one of those albums that's good, but you also know you won't listen to it all that much.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4