A Ghost Is Born (studio album) by Wilco

A Ghost Is Born
A Ghost Is Born by Wilco
Year: 2004
Release date: 2004-06-21
Overall rank: 725th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 447 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 2004 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (120th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (725th)
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Wilco bestography

A Ghost Is Born is ranked 3rd best out of 17 albums by Wilco on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Wilco is Yankee Hotel Foxtrot which is ranked number 48 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 26,311.

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81/100 (from 447 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.7/100, a mean average of 80.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.5.

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From 02/08/2021 17:36
More ambitious than usual, maybe doesn't have the consistency to back it up, but it's always good to hear a guitar based album - something that wasn't very common at that period of time.
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From 04/27/2020 21:11
The other perfect Wilco record, and a fantastic follow-up to the magnificent Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. In some ways, the songs are even better, but the production isn't quite as strong and many of the songs received a more enjoyable treatment on the live album.
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90/100
From 03/23/2019 19:56
A well done experimental on par with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (maybe a little better). Less Than You Think had zero business being 15 minutes long.

Key Three: At Least That's What You Said, I'm a Wheel, Theologians
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From 12/17/2018 00:34
Perhaps too formulaic and Beatles-esque, but there's not really a bad song on this record and the songwriting is very good. Lots of good choruses that will stay in your head, and as usual with Wilco, great instrumentation.
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95/100
From 06/08/2018 06:45
By removing 'I'm a Wheel' and maybe placing 'Less Than You think' as a bonus track, the album would've ended perfect. I feel it would be a much stronger album if it closed with the perfect 4-pack of Wishful Thinking/Company In My Back/Theologians/The Late Greats. Those are all strong tracks and the album would be more memorable and playable.
And, Muzzle Of Bees is my fav Wilco song.
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80/100
From 02/11/2018 22:54
La vetta di Jeff Tweedy e dei Wilco. Il disco dove le sperimentazioni dell'album precedente, pur grande, diventano Arte.
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From 09/08/2017 15:48
best tracks: spiders (kidsmoke), muzzle of bees
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From 07/30/2017 15:04
I have to rank this as my favourite Wilco album as it's the one I return to the most. A little less accessible than their previous two outings, but I prefer the pacing and looser feel of this album. It's not a "difficult" experimental album though as the tracks are predominately very melodic. Kidsmoke is the main exception, on which they take on a more Motorik (Krautrock) influence. They manage to bring their classic rock sensibilities to this track too though, making it a highlight.
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From 05/23/2017 21:44
I doubt Wilco is capable of making a truly bad record. They're just too talented, too full of ideas, too grounded personally and artistically to make an album that slides into pure self-indulgence or laziness. This one did get a mixed reaction from critics, some of whom loved its experimentalism and artistic reach, while others thought Jeff Tweedy had gone a little overboard with the guitar solos. I lean toward the former, although I'll admit that my favorite moments here are the ones that feel least adventurous and that play to the band's strengths: strong musicianship and excellent songcraft. I especially love the honesty and earnestness of the nature-themed "Hummingbird": "So he slept on a mountain / In a sleeping bag underneath the stars / He would lie awake and count them / And the gray fountain spray of the great Milky Way / Would never let him / Die alone." How true that is, Mr. Tweedy.
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From 05/15/2017 20:55
For some strange reason, most great rock bands in the History of rock have come from the United Kingdom. I would say that Wilco is the best American rock band in the current century. It's a shame for them, that rock post 2000 is now a minor genre in cultural popularity. Thus they have never had a hit. Hardly anyone that doesn't keep up with modern rock bands ( I am north of 50 years of age)has even heard of them.
I think this is their best album. Maybe my classic rock upbringing puts this one higher than the others for me. It has their most stellar guitar work.
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