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A Ghost Is Born [Enhanced]

Wilco Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
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The infectious twang and pop hooks of Wilco's former efforts may be fading fast, but A Ghost Is Born is still a rewarding effort that demands repeated listening. The group's fifth album extends upon the experimentalism of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot with angular, blues-soaked guitar riffs ("At Least That's What You Said," "Hell Is Chrome"), a handful of sparse, yet catchy tunes (smack dab in the middle of the disc) that will surely keep college radio stations smiling, and a lengthy track that descends into mere static ("Less Than You Think"). Frontman Jeff Tweedy's songwriting continues to evolve: "Hummingbird" is a dreamy Randy Newman-styled love song; "The Late Greats" is a sly ode to the world of pop tacked onto the end of the album (as if using such a fun song on this understated disc was an afterthought). Meanwhile, producer extraordinaire Jim O'Rourke manages to make the most complicated arrangements here sound minimalist and laid-back. All told, it's another great addition to the Wilco canon. --Jason Verlinde

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Special limited edition release of the band's 2004 album (released to coincide with their European tour), adds a 5-track bonus disc featuring 'Panthers', 'At Least That's What You Said' (live), 'The Late Greats' (live), 'Handshake Drugs' (live) & 'Kicking Television. Nonesuch. 2005.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Album Feb. 26 2010
Format:LP Record
This is the album that got me into Wilco. It is both soothing and energetic. Aside from the last song - which is basically 10 minutes of feedback and strange sounds - this is a great listen from beginning to end. I purchased it in vinyl format and it is of great quality. Some new vinyl can be a bit crummy - not this one. I highly recommend you purchase this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars what a moron June 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Last time I looked Pensecola FL was not a breeding ground for intellect.
Just review the CD.
You sound like an idiot. You probably work at the mall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Ghost" haunts July 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wilco has abandoned some of the poppier elements in "A Ghost is Born," leaving a smooth, mellow, minimalist stretch of poignant indie-rock. While it has the occasional track -- like "I'm A Wheel" -- that fails to reach its full potential, it's a magnificently sparse, melodious creation.
Jeff Tweedy's voice rises mournfully at the start of the gentle "At Least That's What You Said," which rises up into majestic rock heights before blossoming into the solid "Hell is Chrome" and slyly infectious "Spiders (Kidsmoke)." There's a more bluesy-country flavor to "Muzzle of Bees" and "Company on My Back," followed by the mournful "Wishful Thinking," the road-rocker "I'm A Wheel," and the fifteen-minute surrealist jam of "Less Than You Think."
The biggest flaw in "Ghost is Born" is that it has little internal cohesion -- we go from fun, satirical songs to melancholy piano-rock in the space of a few minutes. It's a bit confusing. But despite the disjointed setup, each song taken individually flows quite well.
Jeff Tweedy's plaintive voice can switch from sweet to scratchy. And his music is just as flexible -- acoustic and electric guitars are backed by bass, and in turn backed by delicate piano melodies, organ and dulcimer. "Less Than You Think" is particularly complicated, an engrossing interweaving of synths, loops, and acoustic instruments.
Certainly Tweedy and Co. haven't lost their touch for songwriting. "Company on My Back" and "I'm A Wheel" are pretty nonsensical, but the rest of the songs are beautifully written. "Fill up your mind with all it can know/'cause what would love be without wishful thinking?" Tweedy asks us.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars i dont get it July 8 2004
By M.E.
Format:Audio CD
I've tried really hard to like this album... listened to it half a dozen times now, but I find it really bland and boring and annoying in spots. Considering the last album was also tragically overrated, I'm going to come out and say Wilco is the most overrated band of the millenium (so far). I really liked their 2 Mermaid Ave. CDs with Billy Bragg and generally dig most of the music that is lumped together with them, and some of their older stuff is okay, too, but this one is an overrated flop. I guess I'll never get a job with Blender since I seem to be missing something...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Works Great as a Coaster! Nov. 13 2005
Format:Audio CD
Despite what some diehard fans say, A Ghost is Born is not a great record. I think it could have been, but the production value and performances cannot keep the songs afloat.
There are three things which make me hit the stop button:
1) The droning/dead space in Less than You Think --- it didn't fit on the Beatles White Album, why try it here? This isn't "sonic landscaping" like on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, it's just inconsiderate.
2) Questionable Lyrics: E.g. I'm A Wheel -- "1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9, once in Germany someone said 'nein'!" This is by far the STUPIDEST LYRIC IN HISTORY, and every time I hear it, I vow not to buy the next Wilco CD.
3) Electric Guitar Overload: 5 minutes of jarring electric guitar solos per song is a little much, and is especially heavy at the beginning of the album. There isn't much sonic texture to these moments, feedback excluded.
4) Pace: I can dig slow and understated pieces, but these should be at the back end of the album. This may be some "concept" or "inversion of expectations" that I don't quite get, but I like to settle into 20 minutes of solid material before yielding to experimentation.
I'm not hearkening back for an earlier Wilco, but it'd be nice if the songs were center stage. The best stuff is buried so deep in dung that you don't even want to start digging.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Critically Oversold! March 13 2005
Format:Audio CD
The critical popularity of this disc is rather mystifying. Its inclusion on many of the "best of" lists of 2004 is even stranger. All in all it's just rather dull and badly executed. Tweedy sounds like he is trying to emulate the sort of guitar attack that Neil Young adopts with Crazy Horse, but his playing is underwhelming. He tries to make use of the volume, and the feedback, but it escapes him, and just sounds amateurish.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, But Not Jay Farrar Aug. 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
While this album is decent, and represents a welcome return to the concept of melody, Jeff Tweedy is still parked firmly in the back seat when it comes to writing and creating innovative, interesting and thought-provoking music, when put alongside former Uncle Tupelo founder Jay Farrar.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (or "YHF" as cooler kids than myself call it) was rejected by Wilco's label with good reason - it is a disjointed, nearly unlistenable album that has only received critical acclaim as a result of the "David vs. Goliath" (starring Tweedy in the role of David) persona that Tweedy et al. have now been branded with.
Some of Wilco's work, after Tweedy's departure from Uncle Tupelo, and Tweedy's work in side projects such as Golden Smog and the Minus 5, is simply fantastic. "Ghost" is not quite up to par with such material, but it seems to represent a return to apparently unpopular concepts such as melody and listenability.
While "Ghost" is worth a listen, and probably a purchase, one's money is better spent on Farrar's works such as his Son Volt triumphs, and even his more fringe solo efforts. If it's "innovative" or "interesting" music you are looking for in the "alt-country" genre, that is the place to find it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but madenly uneven...hence the 3 stars
The extended drone of the song "Less than you think" is soooo annoying that I rarely listen to this disc anymore... Read more
Published on June 1 2005 by B. Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars what are you people thinking?!
This is not going to be so much a cd review as it is a rebuttal to all those who write reviews for this site...including you, Amazon.com. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by jtwool
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, this is the Wilco cd I've waited for
I came to Wilco as a fan of the 90's band, Son Volt (and if you haven't heard of them, you are in for treat). Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Janis Hall
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Music to Fall Asleep to
We have all heard the story before and you will hear it again, about a band that hit it big by being spurned by their record company over what was one of the better albums of the... Read more
Published on July 18 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A More Unfocused Wilco
The first time I heard Wilco was when a friend recommended Yankee Hotel Foxtrot to me. I had heard some positive buzz surrounding its release so I decided to pick it up. Read more
Published on July 16 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Just Rock N Roll....
It's hard to find many positive reviews of "A Ghost Is Born" that don't ramble on forever about the "artistic" value of the "sonic deconstruction"... Read more
Published on July 16 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Unevenness is most apparent aspect...
Following the back-to-back masterpieces of 1999's Summer Teeth and the critically-acclaimed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco seems to have retreated from the path of innovation and... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Jason M. Tyson
4.0 out of 5 stars How I Came To Be Friends With A Ghost Is Born
The first time I hear the new Wilco record, I'm not really listening. I'm reading, and I'm out on the porch and there is an excess of ambient street noise, and cicadas, and... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Lauren M. Ball
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