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- A Ghost Is Born by Wilco
8/10 Penrith Steve 11th February 2015
“A Ghost Is Born” was Wilco’s firth album. It was produced by Jim O’Rourke and his clean, matt production style suits Wilco down to the ground. “Hell is Chrome” starts with a few notes that nod to their country rock past before settling down into a piano-led 70s singer/songwriter vibe. “Hummingbirds” has a similar thing going on, something Wilco have not touched on before. “Handshake Drugs” hits a mid-tempo groove and is one of the album’s best tracks. The single released from the album was “I’m A Wheel” and has an urgent rock sound and catchy melody, tightly produced by O’Rourke. “Less Than You Think” is a three-and-a-half minute song with eleven-and-a-half minutes of paradoxically uncomfortable ambience at the end. This is a signature of O’Rourke’s work, similar to the end of “Life Goes Off” from his own “Insignificance” album. After that we are treated to the jaunty closing track, “The Late Greats”. Whilst this may never reach the classic status afforded to “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”, it’s pretty bloody good, and not far off it’s predecessor.