A Ghost Is Born (album) by Wilco
In total, there are 9 music albums by Wilco which appear in the greatest album charts and A Ghost Is Born is NOT ranked as the best. The best album by Wilco is Yankee Hotel Foxtrot which is ranked number 60 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 17,378.
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A Ghost Is Born track list
|1.||At Least That's What You Said||82/100 (18 votes)|
|2.||Hell Is Chrome||81/100 (9 votes)|
|3.||Spiders (Kidsmoke)||79/100 (13 votes)|
|4.||Muzzle Of Bees||80/100 (11 votes)|
|5.||Hummingbird||83/100 (16 votes)|
|6.||Handshake Drugs||80/100 (12 votes)|
|7.||Wishful Thinking||82/100 (15 votes)|
|8.||Company In My Back||82/100 (15 votes)|
|9.||I'm a Wheel||79/100 (12 votes)|
|10.||Theologians||80/100 (11 votes)|
|11.||Less Than You Think||74/100 (12 votes)|
|12.||The Late Greats||80/100 (11 votes)|
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Not really my favourite by Wilco... Muzzle Of Bees & Company In My Back are really good songs though. I enjoy those.
I'm surprised that Wilco made a song like Less Thank You Think... It really is just an annoying self indulgent mirage of noise. It's not really what you want to hear on a Wilco album...
More effort than YHF or Being There... in the long run, it's worth it. This album is a fully rewarding challenge - it makes you think, make you feel, and makes you listen for every nuance. Tweedy really pulled this off.
Kidsmoke, possibly the best song ever. This album is crazy good, maybe better than YHF
"I'm a wheel" is actually my least favorite Wilco song, and I usually skip the last two tracks altogether, but every single other song on the album is unbelievable.
"a ghost is born" flourishes in spreading out its pop/rock sound, experimenting in rock aesthetics. They start out quiet and plaintive on "at least that's what you said". The lyrics are short and bare ("When I sat down on the bed next to you / You started to cry / I said, maybe if I leave, you'll want me / To come back home ") and when Tweedy's case is made to his ex/lover, the band performs the relationship's denouement for the next 3+ minutes, uneasy and tense and at times calamitous. (Check out that guitar & drum-work!) From there, the piano based "hell is chrome" softly sings the song's premise "When the devil came / He was not red / He was chrome, and he said / Come with me ". It's another plaintive number, almost happy in his descent, closing "come with me" with repeated longing. "spiders (kidsmoke)" is one of two songs (over 10 min each) on the album with extended guitar play, "less than you think" (the other) comes with about 12 minutes of slowly-building guitar *feedback*. Inherently, along with the lack of any major hooky songs like previous albums, that makes for more of a "grower" of an album, one which requires a little patience, which could be a turn off for a lot of people. But i think there are a lot of payoffs if you wait for them. Leroy Bach's guitar work is quite minutely-technical and arty often in the same song, like on "spiders". In a way, "a ghost is born" is wilco's "kid a" -- there's an anxiety of a new age that permeates across the album. In "spiders" it's the trailing guitar licks (see -5:35) and lyrics like "Why can't they just say what they mean / Come clean, listen and talk / Hello private callers, IDs blocked ". The love story in "muzzle of bees" reaches a point where Tweedy's "assuming you got my message / On your machine / I'm assuming you love me / And you know what that means " romantically recalling sharing sunny days and warm breezes. "hummingbird", one of the better tracks on the album, claims "His goal in life was to be an echo / The type of sound that floats around and then back down / Like a feather " only wanting to be remembered. "handshake drugs" ("i was chewing gum for something to do" and its own fuzzed-out ending), rollicking "i'm a wheel" ("1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 / Once in Germany someone said, 'Nein' " ha ha), "theologians" ("Inlitterati lumen fidei / God is with us everyday / That illiterate light / Is with us every night") and (the possibly self-referential?) "the late greats" ("The greatest singer in rock and roll / Would have to be Romeo / His vocal chords are made of gold / He just looks a little too old "), are the other highlights. i love the delivery of the chorus of "company in my back" and its "Holy shit there's a company in my back ". Assuming i can always "skip" to the next song once the feedback of "less than you think" kicks in, this is a very good album.
Less than you think, is just annoying noise
Yes, I know it's annoying, but it was supposed to symbol Jeff Tweedy getting into drugs. I like it because it's darker and more mature than their other albums. "At Least That's What You Said" is one of my favorite album openers ever.
In regard to the previous comment: Right, I'm gonna have to go ahead and disagree with you there. I mean it's good and has some great moments, but it also has some not so great moments. How do you defend all that self-indulgent ethereal noise/empty space at the end of Less than You Think?
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