From achingly earnest (Jerusalem, Shame) to searingly sarcastic (God is Dead), there is no album quite like Crazy Wisdom. Crazy wisdom is a Buddhist concept for a fresh, open mind, an invitation to follow your instincts. (Some would differ on this). Crazy Wisdom's closest cousin may be Elvis Costello's Mighty Like a Rose or perhaps Belle and Sebastian's Dear Catastrophe Waitress.
Chris Warren's first recorded effort. Countless hours in Toronto's original Music Gallery 8-track studio went into this six-song E.P. cassette. Out of print.
Following his critically acclaimed tone poem on mortality and memory, Beautiful Ruins, Chris's new album Night For Day is wide-ranging in its songs, like the other albums, but recorded with a comparatively small ensemble. It has been exquisitely produced and engineered by James Paul in analog mode. Tentative optimism in cataclysmic times is reflected in the songs and the title. Collaborations with Ron Sexsmith (Simple Grace) and Mary Margaret O'Hara (Carry On & Some Disassembly Required) add to the exquisite playing of Michael Herring on upright bass, Ryan Granville-Martin drums, Jack Breakfast on keyboards, Drew Jurecka violin & viola, Stacie McGregor on piano, and Warren's inimitable guitar work. Members of The Bicycles join in on the Elliott Smith-inspired Dismantled by an Idiot.
Beautiful Ruins is Chris Warren's surprising follow-up to his debut Crazy Wisdom. Generous in vision, with sad compassion for the newly post-911 world, the songs have not so much a world weariness as a world awareness as filtered through poignant understatement in songs like "Thanks...and Sorry" and "All of you Hairless Apes". The album was produced and recorded mostly at a home studio with Chris on most instruments, but joined by a handful of Toronto's best musicians.