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  • Audio CD (June 22 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00020P7TM
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 150 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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Japanese edition of 2004 album features 13 tracks including 1 bonus track, 'Kicking Television' which was previously only available as a b-side to a UK 7-inch only single! Slipcase. Warner.


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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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 E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 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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By A Customer on July 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
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. I transported the record home and popped it into my CD player, hit play and BOOM I was taken on an 11 track journey I would never forget. I was amazed at how good YHF was. Each time I heard a song off the album I would notice something new, even after dozens of listens. Foxtrot is now one of my favorite albums ever.
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.
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