The Minus 5 [The Gun Album]

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Feb 7, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Magnet
    As he continues to spin funny, poignant, depressing and eminently melodic tales of woe, it's clear McCaughey is a staggering genius aging as superbly as a fine bottle of hooch. [#71, p.106]
  2. Of the album’s 13 tracks, not one feels like filler.
  3. Under The Radar
    It's McCaughey's vision that drives the 5, and the listener couldn't be in more capable hands. [#12, p.92]
  4. Wry, rollicking, and irresistible, The Gun Album hits the bulls-eye.
  5. Uncut
    Their best effort yet. [Mar 2006, p.102]
  6. Their songs aren’t radio friendly nor are they mind-blowing in scope or execution, but give them time and they’ll creep into the rotating playlist in your head.
  7. Call The Minus 5 a greatest hits package full of all new tunes.
  8. Billboard
    A good-time, classic rock feel permeates [the album]. [11 Feb 2006]
  9. The New York Times
    Mr. McCaughey's songs hark back to that 60's moment when exuberant backbeat rock 'n' roll was showing the initial effects of acid. [6 Feb 2006]
  10. Rolling Stone
    An offhandedly expert record. [23 Feb 2006, p.70]
  11. Q Magazine
    Well crafted, easy-on-the-ear janglepop which chugs along in a jaunty fashion. [Mar 2006, p.108]
  12. If this is the relatively bummed-out Minus 5 album, it's still full of great songs played with genuine enthusiasm and imagination.
  13. Gun finds songwriter's songwriter McCaughey slightly stuck in his own unique, nuanced niche.
  14. The quality of the compositions is consistent and the album has an overall stylistic coherence that makes the Minus Five sound very much like a real band. Now, if he could only figure out how to make it rock, he'd be onto something.
  15. Ultimately, however, The Minus 5 is the indie-rock equivalent of Ocean's Twelve. Everyone involved is clearly having a blast, and the result for the audience is often infectious. But just as often it is distancing, like watching footage of someone else's birthday party.
  16. Mojo
    When the jokes stop... the relentless cantering pace and slightly predictable pedal steel accoutrements that characterise the bulk of the material here can struggle to hold your attention. [Mar 2006, p.92]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. calvinhobbes
    Apr 5, 2006
    Among last albums I bought this is one of my favourite (but also Morrissey, J. Johnson, Coxon, Stereolab...)
  2. RoyR
    Feb 19, 2006
    Enjoyable for the most part, but never spectacular.
  3. danm
    Feb 10, 2006
    A solid album with great guest appearances. The sardonic humor & infectious melodiers we have come to expect from Scott & Co. are plentiful. A solid album with great guest appearances. The sardonic humor & infectious melodiers we have come to expect from Scott & Co. are plentiful. It doesn't leave previous releases in the dust, but it certainly will not disappoint. Full Review »