Friday, March 30, 2012
The Minus 5 - The Lonesome Death of Buck McCoy
With all the lineup changes and constant collaboration, one would hardly expect The Minus 5 to sound as cohesive and awesome as they do. Also, with the title of this album specifically, one would expect super-mopey alternative country that can't stop crying about the dustbowl. What this album delivers is a mix of music that falls somewhere between Posies-esque power pop and Jayhawks-esque alt-country. When I first heard about The Minus 5, I expected a band that sounded like a side project (by which I mean a band that is not given the same care and attention as the artist's main band) but that's not what The Minus 5 are. They're a real thing. They're not some half-cocked half-baked idea. They're serious. Think Rocky when Apollo Creed goes to his corner and his trainer tells him "He doesn't know it's a show! He thinks it's a fight!"