I think it’s safe to say by now that “Ghost” does not rank among fan favorites in just about any category (obscurities, singles, live versions, etc.). In fact, the amount of rancor it receives from a majority fans probably equates with that of “Evacuation” and “Sweet Lew”. But what makes this all surprising is that there isn’t an obvious reason for its disfavored status. It’s not in any way bizarre or experimental, goofy (besides the atrocious line “I never knew soap made you taller”), or otherwise an anomaly in the catalog. In fact, “Ghost” is one of the most straight-forward rockers on Riot Act. So why the hate? I don’t have an answer to this, as I don’t have much actual vitriol for the song, but I have theories. Lyrically, it might come across to some as a lesser relative of “Sleight of Hand”, describing a state of mind numbed by mass culture and the bland nature of modern life. And musically? Well, perhaps the biggest flaw of “Ghost” is that it doesn’t distinguish itself in any way, no special quality to recommend it other than it’s fairly uptempo.