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  • Summary: This is the second album from the trio of Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Glenn Kotche and Jim O'Rourke.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. More about songs than weird jams, alternating between twisted retro rock and eccentric folk rock. [24 Mar 2006, p.71]
  2. While no Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, [it] will still placate fans excited to see where Tweedy takes Wilco next. [May 2006, p.174]
  3. It’s not often that a side-project produces an album that deserves anything more than a footnote mention. Loose Fur deserves its own cult.
  4. Musically, the album is a definite barnburner. If you find the messages too much to stomach, the melodies and riffage will comfort you.
  5. 70
    A more than enjoyable stopgap. [May 2006, p.104]
  6. [It] takes some persistance. [18 Mar 2006, p.35]
  7. While a well-concocted snotty attitude may be a decisive factor in any number of great rock albums, Born Again in the USA feels lazy without any particular agenda. It’s good for a laugh and a couple of listens, but ultimately does not resonate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. AlexanderK.
    May 24, 2006
    This album almost felt like a collection of songs that never made it on to a Wilco or O'Rourke album, but were nonetheless sexy and seductive enough to attract listeners. One song, however, tops every Wilco song i have heardl; "Wreckroom." Its so dense with cooleness I love it so much...the build up and fall which is common in so many Wilco songs, but this song feels homey and grandiose at the same time. Gold Expand
  2. DanH
    May 6, 2006
    Better than I expected! Let me just say if you are a Wilco/Phish/retro rock fan, you will like this album, which goes between pop and fun, quirky rock. Plus, it will increase your vocabulary. Expand
  3. SamW
    Mar 21, 2006
    "the ruling class" when played by jeff tweedy sans loose fur is remeniscent of a young bob dylan humoring audiences with songs like "talkin' world war III blues". Expand
  4. DonM
    Apr 16, 2006
    A really solid bunch of songs. This album rips all over 'a ghost is born', and is easily equal to the bands original release. Excellent arrangements, nicely played, and always intersting! Expand
  5. GlennD
    Mar 25, 2006
    Surprisingly, "Born Again In The USA" is less experimental than "Loose Fur" (or even Wilco's "A Ghost Is Born") but is more of a fully formed album than their debut. With most of the songs clocking in at around 3 minutes, and packed full of hooks, riffs and catchy melodies, this is certainly not a group of rock stars indulging themselves on sub-standard songs. This album deserves serious consideration in its own right. Expand