None The Wiser

Chris Wood

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Folk, English
July 1, 2013

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Award winning English songwriter Chris Wood returns with his incredible new album 'None The Wiser'. Featuring songs first aired live (with his band) on BBC Radio 2.

"This album began two years ago with a guitar - then an amp. Then I got a call from Hamish Stewart to come and sing a couple of my songs with him and some local funk soul brothers in a ten piece festival band. Then I became infatuated with the sound of the Hammond Organ and finally decided, for the first time, to add a string Bass. It has been all about the sound, what we might play was never really decided.

While this musical journey was going on, Britain was sinking deeper into recession. From radio and television studios our political and fiscal masters were insisting we should continue to listen to them, to take seriously their initiatives and their projections while out in the streets our personal experience was, and remains, in gritty contradiction to their rhetoric.

I believe we are on our own. I believe all we really have is ourselves and what we make, and, the most precious of what we make lies in our connection to each other. They have not found a way of taxing what flows between us and our loved ones." - Chris Wood March 2013.

Press Quotes

"A depressingly accurate portrait of the nation"

The Guardian

"Essential listening"

"Nobody even comes close to equaling his birds-eye-view"

The Irish Times

"His best yet"


"Quite simply our best writer of contemporary English folk songs"

Time Out

"Proves that English folk is as relevant as it has ever been"

The Journal

"Even more politically overt - in a 100 years time, social historians researching the (current) recession would do well to listen to Wood's take on 'Britain, in all her elegant despair"

No Depression

'And the Mercury music prize should go to...' Ahead of Wednesday's official shortlist, Independent music critic Andy Gill draws up his own 12. Chris Wood None The Wiser "A brilliant exponent of the topical troubadour form, Chris Wood has rarely been better than on None the Wiser, an album of righteous anger and heartbreaking pity which peels away the gaudy veneer of escapist noise"

Andy Gill The Independent *****


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Key Value
Catalogue number RUFCD013
Barcode 0610370626450
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 64g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 8mm x 140mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. None The Wiser 04:08
2. Jerusalem 04:44
3. The Sweetness Game 03:51
4. A Whole Life Lived 04:36
5. The Little Carpenter 04:56
6. Thou Shalt 06:28
7. Tally Of Salt 04:51
8. I Am 02:58
9. The Wolfless Years 04:39