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'Handmade Life' would, under any circumstances, be a hard act to follow but 'None the Wiser' really doesn't come close. Sure, there are the needlepoint lyrics puncturing the usual targets of class and deprivation but the songs lack the gravitas to back it up. The addition of string base and Hammond organ, rather than strengthening the melodies, have the effect of reducing them to almost lounge jazz. And why only nine tracks? A couple of traditional ballads belted out would have lightened the mood but even 'The Little Carpenter' is unmemorable. I'm sure Chris can do better than this.