March 02, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Album Reviews: ‘Let the War Against Music Begin’; ‘Because We Hate You’

Scott McCaughey puts separate albums from his two bands into one package, for what’s billed as ”the battle of the century” — the irony being that these ditties are the least confrontational tunes you’ll hear outside of a nursery. The YFF rock and wink harder than their brethren; songs like ”My Drum Set” careen from absurdity to insincerity. The Minus 5, featuring Peter Buck, rely on a few chords and gentle harmonies, especially on standouts ”Got You” and ”You Don’t Mean It.” War: B+ Hate: B-

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