A Ghost is Born

Release date
8 Mar 2005
Running length
5 tracks
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1 Panthers 3:49 19,424
2 At least that's what you said (live) 5:52 10,122
3 The late greats (live) 2:38 11,005
4 Handshake drugs (live) 6:11 10,308
5 Kicking Television 2:48 37,535

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A Ghost Is Born is the fifth studio album by Chicago-based alternative rock band Wilco. Released on June 22, 2004, it features singer Jeff Tweedy on lead guitar more than any previous Wilco album. The band streamed the album online for free, and offered a five song EP to purchasers.

Tweedy entered a rehab clinic shortly before the release of the album, delaying its release by two weeks. It also shortened its promotional tour. Despite this, A Ghost Is Born’s opening week was the best sales week for the band at the time and the album was met with good reviews from major publications such as Rolling Stone and PopMatters. The album earned Wilco a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

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  • Lowbacca

    wtf is up with the tracklist. uncool.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Tron1276

    ...I (STILL!) always come back to this one... So heavy/so pretty/so (pretty much) perfect. Tweedy and Wilco's finest moment.

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
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  • ms3abden

    My favorite from Wilco, and their second best (barely behind Yankee Hotel Foxtrot).

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Jonathanzzz

    Emblematic album cover

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Ztarven

    One of my favorite albums of all time. It's so perfectly flawed.

    24 Aug 2011 Reply

    f**ing tracklist sucks

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • Captainrad88

    One final thought: I've never been able to "get" Hell Is Chrome. It reminds me of Sesame Street or something. I've given it plenty of chances but for whatever reason it just won't resonate with me.

    12 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Captainrad88

    I sort of consider it their balls-out powerhouse album, where they demonstrate the depths of their imaginations and ability by throwing everything into it (kitchen sink included). In a way this alienates me as a listener, as, although there are "personal" songs here, it feels like more of a technical marvel than a heartfelt album. As an exercise though, it is undeniably brilliant. I feel like Wilco almost divides their fans into two groups: the ones who appreciate the subtleties of a more introverted Wilco, or the ones who prefer frenetic guitar solo'in' Wilco (of A Ghost Is Born, Being There, Impossible Germany). I lean towards the former, but I can easily understand the latter's appeal.

    12 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Captainrad88

    It's quite bombastic in places, but I agree that it's very well put together (a controlled mess, I suppose). The experimental tracks like At Least That's What You Said, Kidsmoke and Less Than You Think compliment the more traditional folky tracks like Hummingbird, Handshake Drugs and Wishful Thinking. This CD got a lot of rotation time in my car, and therefore birthed some pretty great memories. Favourite would have to be At Least That's What You Said, though it's a pretty obvious choice. I fell for Theologians pretty hard, too.

    12 Feb 2011 Reply
  • kcarls03

    This is my absolute favorite Wilco album, and probably one of the greatest American rock records ever written. The guitar work on this album is simply brilliant and extremely underrated. The solo on the first track, "At Least That's What You Said" is still the most passionate and intense guitar solo I have ever heard. It's a shame that this album is constantly compared to the much more accessible Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which is also brilliant, because A Ghost is Born is just as much Jeff Tweedy's masterpiece as YHF. If there was one album I could force everyone in the entire world to listen to (with headphones, please!) it would be this motherfucking masterpiece. If you read this entire rant, thank you. Wilco is the absolute best current American rock band.

    7 Jan 2011 Reply

    Album Title: A Ghost Is Kicking My Television 1. At Least That's What You Said (KT Version) 2. Hell Is Chrome (KT Version) 3. Hummingbird 4. Muzzle of Bees 5. Handshake Drugs (KT Version) 6. Wishful Thinking (KT Version) 7. Theologians 8. Spiders (Kidsmoke) (KT Version) 9. Less Than You Think (w/ removed drone) :)

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • meister333

    This and YHF are their best albums.

    30 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Watts13

    Absolutely genius. I think it definitely showcases the fact that Jay Bennent (while being a marvelously creative individual) is not necessary for Wilco to be experimental in nature. This is perhaps the closest thing to a Tweedy solo album I think we got out of Wilco and it's also potentially their most "out-there" release. Every track is genius. Also, who tagged it as alt-country? I fail to see any elements of it at all.

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • dviva

    My favourite Wilco album

    5 May 2010 Reply
  • seanbonner1

    Spiders... 'Nuff said.

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • HuskerMe

    Completely bleak and totally brilliant. My favorite of their's

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • citruscorp

    easily the best

    1 Feb 2010 Reply

    this album fills me with so much memory.

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    "Kidsmoke" is actually my favorite on this album, and is consistently a highlight in concert.

    22 Jun 2009 Reply
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