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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.
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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Okay, forget that Wilco is one of (if not the) most innovative rock (yes, rock) bands that exists today..."Ghost" is simply a very brave and very, very amazing album that any band would sell its soul to even have conceived of, let alone create. What Wilco accomplishes on this album, even more so than YHF, is emotion - hard, raw emotion without allowing the incredible success of said YHF to interfere. Wilco (Tweedy specifically, though not exclusively) is fast proving itself a creative force which relies not on jingles and soon-to-be-radio-slough to sell its albums...in fact, Wilco couldn't care less if it sells albums or not (research your YHF history to see what I mean). Wilco proves to all us earlier non-believers that there still are those artists out there who believe in their music as an extension of themselves, as a reflection of who they truly are, not who their so-called fans wish them to be. They are artists in every sense of the word, meaning they toss critisism to the wayside as the simple opinions of those who can't...or, in the very least, won't. Art does not demand critism to exist, only the critic. So, so-called fans, save all your critisms for the next J-Lo album or whatever piece of trash you're currently reviewing. Wilco is above you all.
Now, on to the achievements of "Ghost" - amazing, spectacular, artistic, and true. That is all.
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.Read more ›
So naturally I was extremely excited about Wilco's new album, A Ghost is Born. I withheld from listening to the tracks streaming off Wilco's website and waited patiently until June 22nd to buy the album and take it all in.
When the day finally came I popped Ghost into my CD player just like I had done that faithful day two years ago with its predecessor. When I had listened to the album in its entirety (including the droning in Less Than You Think) I was not left with the pure joy I had felt after hearing Foxtrot, but with a feeling of confusion. I had expected a different sound that Foxtrot, but not something like this. What had happened?
There's two answers to this question. The first is that the band's lineup has been changed. And the second answer is Wilco seems to have felt the need to redefine themselves, for no reason. They had achieved perfection on YHF, so why change in such a direction that was so obviously inferior to it?
Ghost is bland and boring and lacks any reason for listeners to come back, unless they are obsessed with the band. The album's mood feels very uneven and it seems to not know what it wants to be, or how it wants to sound.
Granted Ghost does have some redeeming tracks (Hummingbird, Muzzle of Bees, Company in My Back) but everything else is pretty sub par.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2010 by S. Bolduc
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2005 by Brent Wittmeier
The extended drone of the song "Less than you think" is soooo annoying that I rarely listen to this disc anymore... Read morePublished on June 1 2005 by B. Keith
The critical popularity of this disc is rather mystifying. Its inclusion on many of the "best of" lists of 2004 is even stranger. Read morePublished on March 13 2005 by Martin Screech
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2004 by Darius Nafine
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 morePublished on July 18 2004 by Janis Hall
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 morePublished on July 18 2004
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 morePublished on July 16 2004
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 morePublished on July 16 2004 by Jason M. Tyson