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Self-taught on guitar and violin, he is a lifelong autodidact - and his independent streak shines through in his composition and studio work. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. His work is typified by his trust in the space music can create and a gift for lyrical understatement. He cites his major influence as ... Read more in Amazon's Chris Wood Store

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  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: R.U.F.
  • ASIN: B00CIKNH5U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.

Review

"A depressingly accurate portrait of the nation" -- The Guardian


"Essential listening" -- FolkWitness.co.uk


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


"His best yet" -- Folk Radio UK


"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 *****

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By cactus100 on 6 July 2013
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I think that Chris Wood is the most socially relevant and interesting songwriter in Britain today. Not just in folk, but any genre you can mention. I'm a huge fan, and his last three albums - The Lark Descending, Trespasser and Handmade Life - are masterpieces, and among the best records of recent years.

I've lived with None The Wiser for a few months now, having bought it directly from Chris Wood when it was first released. I've also been to see him perform the songs live. By anyone else's standards, this is a terrific piece of work. The title track is great, and surprisingly funky (a word I never thought I'd use in a Chris Wood review); The Sweetness Game is bittersweet and poignant; and Thou Shalt (Not) is really funny.

However, unlike the aforementioned CDs, I can't recommend it unreservedly. The amplified guitar and Hammond organ combo is very different from his earlier sound, and although it works well on some songs, I find myself missing the folkie acoustic vibe that made the previous releases so special. The other issue for me is the lack of a 'killer' song, one you have to put on repeat and just hear time and time again. Try as I might, there's nothing on here that touches me like 'One in a Million' or 'Hollow Point'.

If you've got his other releases, don't hesitate to get this. There won't be many better albums released this year. If however you're new to Chris Wood, I'd suggest that you'd do (even) better starting with one of his earlier albums.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hitch22 on 1 July 2013
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Hard to believe but Chris Wood just seems to get better and better and even better. Some biting political and human observations blended with his quiet brilliant tunes as ever.This must be one of Britain's greatest song writers right now. I can't think of anyone better that's writing stuff that's topical and relevant to now but still seems timeless from the first time you hear it. If you liked the earlier records don't hesitate to get this, it's wonderful. PS. You can sample it completely on his excellent website.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Barratt on 27 Dec. 2013
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One of Britain's finest new wave folk song writers, and performers does it again. Beautifully crafted with something for everyone
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MarkP on 10 Oct. 2013
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I like the fact that Chris woods lyrics are just so cynical and the fact that he always appears to be miserable! I do wonder if there is a darker side that he really wants to let out and that really would be in my top ten. If you listen to the lyrics he paints a very realistic picture which may not be to everyone's liking as it's easier to forget about how utterly unfair this world we live in is. If you are a politician,banker or power mad businessman please buy this album as this is what the majority of us think even tho it's portrayed in such a mild way. Excellent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By skimmity on 7 Oct. 2013
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None The Wiser Chris Wood, well what can one say about Chris Wood, except maybe a Folk Music God. Chris Wood's music is deep incisive, penetrating, and pungent - filled with barbs about modern human life which is most incidences is banal. Chris Wood's music reflects back at us this mundanity of life - constantly chasing the next trivial load of rubbish human beings are sold.
All I can say about Chris Wood's music is scintillating, superb, astringent, acidic and relevant. I would happily buy a CD of Chris Wood's music with him singing the telephone directory. I love Chris Wood's music, and you should too. If you are interested in pealing the layers of this miserable existence Chris Wood's music is for you. Buy it you'll be shocked and stunned. 30 out of 10 - marvelous and stunning. Chris Wood a Folk Music God for this vile twentieth first century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hopwood on 10 Sept. 2013
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Another intelligent ,incisive album from one of the most entertaining contemporary "folk" singer songwriters around at the moment. Often bitter and critical but still managing to maintain a gentle quality, a totaly smooth and satisfying feel that will leave you wanting more.
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