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  • Audio CD (June 22 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00020P7TM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. At Least That's What You Said
2. Hell Is Chrome
3. Spiders (Kidsmoke)
4. Muzzle Of Bees
5. Hummingbird
6. Handshake Drugs
7. Wishful Thinking
8. Company In My Back
9. I'm A Wheel
10. Theologians
11. Less Than You Think
12. The Late Greats

Product Description

Product Description

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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4.1 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
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.
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.
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By A Customer on July 18 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 last decade. Problem is that if they had turned this album instead of YHF, I am not sure that anyone would really be complaining all that mcuh.
A Ghost is Born reminds me of the inferior B-Side Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album. While I am not one of those Alt-Country Snobs that wishes Wilco would do alt-country again or pine for the days of Uncle Tupelo, I do pine for the Jeff Tweedy/Jay Bennett songwriting and stage presence that is missing on this album. The best three albums by Wilco are Being There, Summerteeth and, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and its no coincidence on each of those albums, Jay plays a crucial role in the music writing process. The problem with this album is that it becomes Jeff Tweedy and the Wilcos. More Guitar strung out guitar solos and ridiculous droning that someone will argue as being some artistic masterpiece. Well Jeff Tweedy is trying to prove something, but you know I just want an album that I can listen to over and over again and not get tired of it.
There are some great songs on this album. Hummingbird is a great song and shows once again that they do still have it in them to write a great pop song. Handshake Drugs sounds like later Velvet Underground material. While I always loved the song it had already been released before (Albeit a different mix). Theologians has also grown on me.
There are a lot of forgettable songs on this album as well. Muzzle of Bees and Wishful thinking just don't really do much for me. Spiders was turned into a huge mistake by making it 10 minutes and do we really need endless nonstop sounds on Less than You think.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 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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