Nick Magnus, Andy Davis, Glenn Tommey, James Warren
1. Burning Questions
2. Climate Of Treason
3. They Don’t Believe In Magic
5. I Know Something
6. True Life Confessions
7. It Won’t Be The Same Old Place
9. Can you Hear The Spirit Dying?
10. I Want To Remember
11. You Made Me Believe
12. How Did You Know? (featuring Eddie Reader)
13. I’ll Be Here
“...Warren’s songwriting has always been notable, but the numbers here put even his past hits to shame. Arguably his strongest songs to date... ”
— All Music Guide (May 2007)
BURNING QUESTIONS : After enjoying considerable artistic success with Stackridge and worldwide commercial success with The Korgis, James recorded his first solo album in 1985. Now remastered with bonus tracks it's released on CD for the first time ever having previously been vinyl-only issue.
With the demise of the Korgis in 1985 James Warren turned his pen to solo work, and inked a deal with the small Swedish record label and publisher Sonet.
Warren however wasn't entirely working alone - his old Korgis and Stackridge partner Andy Davis jointly-composed and provided backing vocals on three numbers. Two of them, 'True Life Confessions' and 'Burning Questions' were promptly released as a singles by Sonet and credited to the Korgis. The lavish 'They Don't Believe in Magic'though was credited to a solo Warren.All three numbers appeared on the Burning Questions album which was very much a child of its time. The title track for instance could have been written for Duran Duran, 'Possessed' was made for the Human League, the world music spiced 'True Life Confessions' was sure to be fought over by Peter Gabriel and Eddy Grant (bets should go on the latter, what with its infectious Equal-esque chorus), while 'Loneliness' would likely have resulted in a punch up between George Michael and Billy Ocean. The elegant 'They Don't Believe..' was tailor-made for Bryan Ferry. As for 'Climate of Treason' - here was the best of a stellar batch that would have been a hit for any star who managed to wrestle it away from the others. Which isn't to say that Warren doesn't do a great job with his own songs; in fact, he does a brilliant one. So why didn't this album tear up the charts and have every major act of the era on their knees begging to promptly cut their own covers? Lack of promotion, pure and simple. It's criminal. Warren's songwriting has always been notable, but the numbers here put even his past hits to shame. Arguably his strongest songs to date, and all were consigned to the dust heap of history. [Thankfully, Angel Air has pulled them from the rubbish, reissuing this remarkable record and adding the equally excellent non-album B-sides to boot.]