The Minus 5 [The Gun Album]

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Feb 7, 2006
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    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. 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. 80
    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. A good-time, classic rock feel permeates [the album]. [11 Feb 2006]
  9. 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. An offhandedly expert record. [23 Feb 2006, p.70]
  11. 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.
User Score
8.7

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
    10
    Among last albums I bought this is one of my favourite (but also Morrissey, J. Johnson, Coxon, Stereolab...)
  2. RoyR
    Feb 19, 2006
    6
    Enjoyable for the most part, but never spectacular.
  3. danm
    Feb 10, 2006
    9
    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 »