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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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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

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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars what are you people thinking?! July 19 2004
By jtwool
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Music to Fall Asleep to July 18 2004
By A Customer
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Album
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 more
Published on Feb. 26 2010 by S. Bolduc
2.0 out of 5 stars Works Great as a Coaster!
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 more
Published on Nov. 13 2005 by Brent Wittmeier
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Critically Oversold!
The critical popularity of this disc is rather mystifying. Its inclusion on many of the "best of" lists of 2004 is even stranger. Read more
Published on March 13 2005 by Martin Screech
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
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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