A Ghost Is Born

A Ghost Is Born

by Wilco

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At a point where a good many of his peers have shifted into coasting mode, Jeff Tweedy continues to tinker under Wilco's hood, grafting on and sawing off seemingly entrenched elements with surprising ease. And while the changes manifested on A Ghost Is Born are more evolutionary than revolutionary, the fact that Tweedy continues to see his band as a work in progress makes for plenty of welcome surprises. A Ghost Is Born has a few things in common with its critically acclaimed predecessor, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, chiefly the willingness to ignore the strictures of standard arrangement (not to mention the clock on the wall). Those two elements dovetail beautifully in the ten-minute "Spiders (Kidsmoke)," on which Tweedy splices a snaky Television-styled guitar figure onto an insistent Kraut-rock rhythm to great effect. There's an overall uptick in instrumental freakouts, both extended and compact: After a short, simple intro, the 15-minute "Less than You Think" segues into a static lullaby that owes as much to Terry Riley as Tweedy's embryonic work did to the Carter Family, while the initially lulling "At Least That's What You Said" culminates in a fusillade of ragged melodic shards that screams "duck and cover." That aggression is offset by a lingering delicacy, one that lends an appropriately wraithlike tone to songs like the fine-spun "Muzzle of Bees" and the deceptively jaunty "Hummingbird," which kicks off with some sweet keyboard/strings interplay that could pass for the theme from some hazily remembered '70s TV series. A Ghost Is Born may not be the perfect summer soundtrack, but it's laced with sonic ideas that will last long after those tan lines fade into memory.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2005
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227649210
catalogNumber: 76492
Rank: 2172

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wilco   Primary Artist
Jim O'Rourke   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,ARP,Loops,Arp 2600
John Stirratt   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Loops
Jeff Tweedy   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Loops,Acoustic Bass,Guitar (Baritone)
Leroy Bach   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vibes,Loops
Glenn Kotche   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Hammered Dulcimer,Loops
Mike Jorgensen   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,farfisa organ,Rocksichord,Stylophone
Tim Barnes   Percussion
Frankie Montuoro   Hammered Dulcimer
Karen Waltuch   Viola

Technical Credits

Jim O'Rourke   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Christopher Shaw   Engineer
John Stirratt   Composer
Jeff Tweedy   Composer
Wilco   Producer,Audio Production
Leroy Bach   Composer
Glenn Kotche   Composer
Mike Jorgensen   Composer,Engineer
Gladys Nilsson   Drawing

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A Ghost Is Born 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is just as good as YHF, but more complete as an album. The great songs may not be as great, but song 3 (Spiders) is a masterpiece of a song. The guitars scream, and the synthesizers drop some catchy beats. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album has totally changed my view of how todays music should sound. the first time i heard the cd, i thought, this is good, but not quite YHF. then i heard it a couple more times, and before i knew it, i couldn't stop playing it. just as in their earlier work, tweedy mixes neil young-esque solo guitar with simple melodies that just come together into a masterpiece. the piano and percussion come in and top it right off. the cd still has its happy tunes like YHF's "camera" and "heavy metal drummer," in new tunes like "handshake drugs", "Late Greats" "theologians" and "hummingbird", as well as heartfelt balads like "I am trying to break your heart" and "radio cure" in the new tunes "at least thats what you said" and "wishful thinking", along with some fantastic purely wilco songs like the ten minute-plus "spiders" and catchy "company in my back". i think overall this is one of the most original albums i have ever listened to, and it will go down as one the most underrated pieces of art of this generation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have only listened to the album a few times so far and can already see its another great Wilco album. Of course different in its own ways from the previous. There are definitely some songs that just jump out the first time I listened. Hummingbird (which they played and sounded great on Letterman), Spiders, and Handshake Drugs. This is an preliminary review but I can tell already after a few more entire plays of the album, it will be obvious from all the songs that they have done it again....that thing that Wilco can do when they make music. Its musical genius at its most extraordinary. Definitely one to add to the collection. Even if you are not a big fan, give it a chance. It's a must have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
AGIB sees Wilco moving away from their electronic explorations on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot to some more straightforward guitar work; Songs like At Least That's What You Said echo Neil Young, while others are very Beatlesque. This is another strong record, I highly recommend!
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