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A Ghost Is Born (album) by Wilco

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A Ghost Is Born
A Ghost Is Born by Wilco (2004)
Release date: 2004-06-21
Overall rank: 670th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 401 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 2004 (13th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (124th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (670th)

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Wilco bestography

A Ghost Is Born is ranked 3rd best out of 15 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 41,741.

Wilco album bestography « Higher ranked (462nd) This album (670th) Lower ranked (800th) »
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Members who like this album also like: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco, Kid A by Radiohead and Funeral by Arcade Fire.

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From TheKameraEye 6 hours ago
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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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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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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La vetta di Jeff Tweedy e dei Wilco. Il disco dove le sperimentazioni dell'album precedente, pur grande, diventano Arte.
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best tracks: spiders (kidsmoke), muzzle of bees
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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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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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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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From Onater
The peak of Wilco's experimentation that had first shown signs in Summerteeth than developed in Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. This is a lot more difficult to listen to than either of those albums, and a lot darker lyrically. It took me months to get it, but I finally did.
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as of 2017, this is still Wilco's best album. of course i love yankee hotel foxtrot, but this album is better to me.
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