AOTY 2019

A Ghost Is Born

Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
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Based on 13 reviews
2004 Ratings: #114 / 364
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Based on 121 ratings
2004 Ratings: #48
June 22, 2004 / Release Date
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MasterCrackfox
67
Although herald as at the very least a strong follow-up release to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, A Ghost Is Born simply did not have a lasting impact on me upon listening. Only a handful of tracks stood out, and for a record of this length this is a difficult situation to ignore.

It's almost as though the tones have remained the same but the importance here has effectively waned. This isn't to say that musically everything done on A Ghost Is Born is identical to what was done on their previous record ... read more
Doofy
74
The Wilco album for guitar connoisseurs?

Definitely seems like the guitar work has been given top billing for this one, for better and for worse.
HoodieBraden
84
Talk about an interesting album...this album is both hard-hitting at times with some mind-piercing guitar solos and also very quiet at times with sincere lyrics and vocals. As far as I'm concerned, A ghost is born can honestly stand toe to toe with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot for Wilco's best album.
M3GAWATT
89
*drone music intensifies* Me: "Wait a second. This isn't alt-country!"
90
Wilco's Most Experimental Statements and only a hair away from being a masterpiece.

Best: Hell Is Chrome, Spiders (Kidsmoke). Handshake Drugs, The Late Greats
Worst: I'm The Wheel
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Year End Lists

#38/SPIN
#44/NME

Track List

  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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