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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… read more



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  • track list not even close to encompassing this album
  • wtf is up with the tracklist. uncool.
  • ...I (STILL!) always come back to this one... So heavy/so pretty/so (pretty much) perfect. Tweedy and Wilco's finest moment.
  • Incredible.
  • My favorite from Wilco, and their second best (barely behind Yankee Hotel Foxtrot).
  • Emblematic album cover
  • One of my favorite albums of all time. It's so perfectly flawed.
  • f**ing tracklist sucks
  • 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.
  • 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.

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