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What a Life?
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 19/02/2012 19:40:00
Mr Wood has produced a work of quiet intensity not heard since Nick Drake in his hey-day. Paired back instrumentation, beautiful minor chord guitar augmented by cello, drums and muted trumpet provides a joyride of human emotions. Covering various topics such as loneliness, jingoism, the economy, thatcherism and allotments to name but a few. Its exceptionally difficult to pick out one track above the others for praise as there are no fillers on this work of true beauty. Suffice to say the BBC Folk Awards got it absolutely right, 'Hollow Point' should be require listening for those naieve enough to think that only terrorists create a threat to society, we are prefectly capable of creating our own shock and awe. Joyously recommended you will not be disapointed ******
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Chris Wood - Handmade Life
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 01/07/2010 09:22:51
For many years I was quite dismissive about Chris Wood who, rightly or wrongly possessed an air of arrogance that I felt was at odds with the general humility of the British folk scene. Only recently, from a personal point of view that presumption has turned to haunt me as I listened to him in conversation (with Simon Evans of Kent Folk) and found that perhaps his self-assuredness was a barrier of my own imagination. I hope so because during that radio conversation the track Spitfires was played and I had a feeling that perhaps here we had a young Ralph McTell circa 1971, to me Ralphs most fruitful period. On reading Woods lyrics I feel he comes across as no silver tongued soothsayer just a bloke who wants to get a few things off his chest via the media of song and which he conveys through his music extremely well. There are so many good tracks it would be churlish to single out particular favourites but its also worth noting that this is the kind of album that preferably should be listened to with no-one else in the room and a nice glass of red to hand. Added to his own accomplishments as a guitarist of note Chris has surrounded himself with a brace of fine musicians including Barney Morse-Brown (Cello), Robert Jarvis (Trombone), Danny Wood (guitar) and Andy Gangadean on drums to fulfil an album that is characteristically English. Perhaps its the resonant tone of the cello in particular that cements the foundation on which the lyric is based bringing the songs vividly to life and for some reason brings to mind memories of Jack Hargeaves Out Of Town series. If like me you have recently been Gleed-out, do yourselves a favour and listen to some real music.
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