Night Music: Chris Rea, “The Road to Hell”

My cousin Kate and her husband Jason saw Robert Plant and Chris Rea at the Royal Albert Hall recently. I know this because she posted a photo on Facebook. She said the show was excellent, and now I have to admit that I had no idea who Chris Rea is. A quick Google answered some questions and led me to this song, which is a captivating hybrid of London Calling’s dystopia and Sultans of Swing’s lyricism. I’ve listened to it a few times now, and I grow increasingly sure that to Republicans, this could be a song describing the Affordable Care Act, though clearly what Rea is going after is much different.

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