To list the names and rock cred of the participants on the seventh album from Scott McCaughey's ever-evolving Minus Five ensemble would take up way too much space. Members of Wilco, the Decemberists and even former Atlantan Kelly Hogan proffer contributions.
As always, the assembled gang includes R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, offering his services as sideman, perhaps as payback to McCaughey for his years of service as additional guitarist with Buck's own day-job band. But unlike the past dismal 10 to 12 years of R.E.M., the Minus Five has never been accused of being boring or tedious. Instead, each album offers a number of delightful curveballs, from 1995's Emperor of the Bathroom EP to this dandy treatise on the dangers of middle age.
Here, McCaugheys looking down the barrel of life with a clear head and bloodshot eyes. When he pulls the trigger, the resulting carnage recalls an uneasy mix of Mark Harpers pub-rock (Out There on the Maroon) and the literary violence of Warren Zevon filtered through acerbic, mid-60s Dylan (Twilight Distillery).
The Minus Five plays Smith's Olde Bar Fri., March 31, and the 40 Watt Club in Athens Sat., April 1, with Elf Power.
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