Avocado Music Club #1: Wilco – A Ghost is Born

Hello! Welcome to the first album in the Avocado Music Club. A few quick set ups: a week ago I asked for suggestions of albums worth talking about to get this going, and, I have them still and will get to them before some kind of recommendation system gets worked out. These are different than Album Spotlights which are great and people put a lot of effort into. I won’t be putting a lot of effort into the body of these because I hate writing and don’t want to put my own opinion in them. The goal with these will be to, hopefully, have people listen to them ahead of time and be interested in discussing the album – including, in the future, recommendations they may not have otherwise listened to and engaged with. From the initial recommendations, the easiest album to start with definitely seemed to be this one. So, let’s listen and talk about:

Wilco‘s A Ghost is Born.

The album is the band’s fifth album, released in 2004, and follows the critical and commercial success of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. It currently has an 81 on Metacritic and won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 2005.

Track Listing:

  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

So, come talk about this album. Is it great/good/bad? Does it mean anything? Favorite parts/lyrics? How does it hold up? What are its influences? Has it influenced anything? How does it compare with the rest of the year’s music? Talk about anything, even if it’s (politely) negative, have fun!

Next Week: The Handsome FamilySinging Bones