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(The Gun Album)

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Rifle Called Goodbye
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Aw Shit Man
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Out There on the Moon
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My Life as a Creep
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With a Gun
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Cemetery Row
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Twilight Distillery
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Cigs, Coffee, Booze
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Leftover Life
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Hotel Senator
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Bought a Rope
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All Worn Out
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Original Luke
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 41:50

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I like you with a gun

ben917

Another stellar song cycle by the most underrated band working today.

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NEVER, Letting go...

leaftree

The "gun" album is great. I can't get enough of great lyrics like these here. My favorites are "Rifle Called Goodbye" and "Bought A Rope". To be able to effortlessly write songs about the common topics such as love, booze & cigarettes but tell the story in a fresh, raw and romantic way......Great Stuff!!!

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Aw, shit, man, I love this album!

lizziebuck

Minus 5 albums are always a treat. Scott McCaughey writes great pop songs with non-pop lyrics. "Aw Shit Man" and "Coffee Cigs Booze" are my faves ... and they give us a hint of what Scott's going through these days.

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My God I love this album...

wilcofan77

...I really can not stop listening to it. I feel like I pick up something new every time. The lyrics are dark at times, darker than in past albums, but still mostly humorous and tongue in cheek. I don't know if there is a better opening line to a song than "I had six white russians tonight and two of them were people" My favorite songs on the album are "With a Gun," it has a fantastic melody I can't get out of my head and "Hotel Senator." But there is not a song on here I do not like. It is so far my favorite album of the year and taking up a lot of time that I would normally spend listening to other new stuff. Buy this album!

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Fun... It's just fun!

EMUSIC-Saint

It’s really a fun album. All the songs sound a little different and it can even serve as a drinking game (spot all the guest singers). You can tell that the every one on the album is having a blast. That is what adds to the charm. Try out any song; each one is a different experience. "Original Luke" is my favorite song on it, but each one is worth listening to.

They Say All Music Guide

Nicknamed “the gun album” (because a firearm appears on the album’s cover and pops up in the lyrics of several of the songs), 2006′s The Minus 5 finds Scott McCaughey indulging his passion for British Invasion-era pop stuff (not an uncommon development), with an all-semi-star collection of friends and collaborators helping to put it on tape, including Peter Buck, Jeff Tweedy, Colin Meloy, John Wesley Harding, Ken Stringfellow, Kelly Hogan, and even Morgan Fisher (yeah, the one who was in Mott the Hoople). Despite the wide range of high-priced help (collectively called The Minus 5) McCaughey’s songs are the star attraction here, and as usual, the man is one of the underappreciated geniuses of pop songwriting. However, “the gun album” logs in a bit less wit and a little less playfulness than you’ve come to expect from the former Young Fresh Fellow; while “Aw Shit Man” is good frantic fun and “With a Gun” has a melody to die for, “Rifle Called Goodbye,” “Cemetery Row,” and “My Life as a Creep” graft a moody undertow to McCaughey’s melodic structures, which fare well with the more downbeat tone of the lyrics, which often turn to dashed hopes and indecision. There’s also a high-lonesome country accent to “Cigs Coffee Booze” and “Bought a Rope,” which hardly breaks the record’s mood. But if this is the relatively bummed-out Minus 5 album, it’s still full of great songs played with genuine enthusiasm and imagination, and it says a lot about Scott McCaughey that even when the fates have him down, he still bubbles over with life and great music. Let that be a lesson to us all. – Mark Deming

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