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  • Summary: Scott McCaughey's seventh Minus 5 album includes contributions from members of Wilco, R.E.M., The Decemberists, Ministry, The Posies and more.
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  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. Wry, rollicking, and irresistible, The Gun Album hits the bulls-eye.
  3. It's McCaughey's vision that drives the 5, and the listener couldn't be in more capable hands. [#12, p.92]
  4. 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]
  5. An offhandedly expert record. [23 Feb 2006, p.70]
  6. Gun finds songwriter's songwriter McCaughey slightly stuck in his own unique, nuanced niche.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  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. 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. It doesn't leave previous releases in the dust, but it certainly will not disappoint. Collapse
  3. RoyR
    Feb 19, 2006
    6
    Enjoyable for the most part, but never spectacular.