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Road To Hell 2 [CD]

Chris Rea Audio CD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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CHRIS REA
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Release date: SEPTEMBER 5TH 2011

Following his sell-out UK & European tour in 2010 and 2009’s UK Top Ten album Still So Far To Go - The Best Of Chris Rea, one of the UK’s foremost singers and songwriters returns with his first new material in over 10 years.

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  • Audio CD (8 Nov 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Eastwest
  • ASIN: B00002R0LP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Can't Get Through
2. Good Morning
3. E
4. Last Open Road
5. Coming Off The Ropes
6. Evil No.2
7. Keep On Dancing
8. Marvin
9. Firefly
10. I'm In My Car
11. New Times Square

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CD EastWest, 8573803992, 1999 11 Track

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This was my first Chris Rea album. I got it for £2 in a sale, so I wasn't expecting much. Instead I was surprised to find an interesting, almost experimental album. It sounds like a blues purist working with a disco drummer and being produced by a Pink Floyd fan. It even has found sounds and voices on it like '70s Floyd.

Others seem to hate this album, but it's grown into one of my all time favourites. I like the extensive use of loud female backing vocals, and I like the ethereal floating synth sound that accompanies most of the tracks.

"Can't Get Through" (after its silly opening set of voices and sound effects) and "New Times Square" are excellent rockers.

"Evil No. 2" has some great lyrics and an energetic, slightly wacky beat to it.

"E" and "Firefly" are nice laid-back, woozy, breezy songs (if you like Van Morrison's "Wavelength" and "Inarticulate Speech of the Heart" albums, then you should like these tracks).

"Coming Off the Ropes" is pretty weak, and the voice samples are embarrassingly bad, but it's not without its jazz club charms on its umpteenth listen.

I'm not joking, I do really like this album. I assume Rea himself hates it, and it's telling that none of the tracks have turned up on the three best of collections that have been released since 1999. Listen to it with an open mind, accept that it's not a traditional blues/rock album and you might be surprised by it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first... 5 Feb 2005
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Format:Audio CD
This cd is not THAT bad but there have been better albums by chris rea "king of the beach" being one of them i feel he's tried to do a dance album here and it hasn't worked..and what's with the background vocals? i find they drown out chris' voice on most of the tracks
only two tracks stop me from rating this lower and they are "new times square" and "last open road" sorry chris but i've heard better from you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worthy of It's Title 12 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
What a poor, poor, poor album this is. Chris must have known this was a bad album - that is probably down to the record company though. I believe that this finished is not how Chris intended it to be - which is highlighted by the fantastic new version of Keep On Dancing on the Blue Guitars Collection which shows this track as a blues song not some weird synth pop song!!
How they can attach the label of Road To Hell (probably Chris' finest mainstream album) Part 2 to this album is ludicrous. Every song on Part 1 exemplified Rea's underated talents from Road To Hell itself to Daytona and the breathtaking Tell Me There's A Heaven. Part 2 is a waste of an album and I was so disappointed when I bought around Christmas in 1999 - i took it straight back to the shop! Best stay clear of this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rea takes a detour 11 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
The latest visitation to Chris Rea's love/hate relationship with his car has all the musical direction of a fun fair ride. At every turn there's a sideshow attraction that defies any logical timeline or style; a bit of 70s disco, 80s kitsch and 90s dance. All this mixed in with Rea's bluesy guitar and gravely tones, making the word eclectic seem woefully inadequate.

With Rea's health fragile at best and a return to the blues under construction, this comes across as the last hoorah for his pop/rock career, and sadly, it's a forgettable swan song. Rea's appeal has always been in his ability to use his musical slight of hand. There is no better example of this than in 1989's The Road to Hell, where fragile rock and pop mixed so successfully with acerbic social commentary. The formula here however, is tardy and painful, with just the faintest suggestion of the ingenuity and style explored by its namesake.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite like it but... 2 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a bit of a surprise. As usual for Chris the album is full of great slide guitar and not necessarily "Rea" style. I detect some Joe Walsh and even some Texas dustbowl blues on the opening track which also features the naggingly insistent riff from RtoH part 1. E is Tell Me There's a Heaven slight return and there is none of the latter's saccharine. Elsewhere there are club style beats, funk and disco grooves placed under Rea's trademark growl. This may be the problem for me. I liked Road to Hell. I loved Shamrock Diaries and Dancing With Strangers. This isn't them and I suspect that a lot of Rea fans will be put out at not getting quite what they were expecting.
Having said that it is perfectly alright and who, in any case, should carry on ploughing the same furrow for the whole of their artistic career. It would just have been nice to get a Stainsby Girls or Let's Dance in there somewhere.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A zero stars album in reality!!!!! 20 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of Chris Rea's since 1992 when God's Great Banana Skin came out and that wasn't a fantastic album but Road To Hell Part 2 is complete and utter piffle. I totally agree with the reviewer who mentions Coming Off The Ropes as being the worst Chris Rea song EVER ... it's absolutely dreadful. I sat through it bored and horrified. The album sounds like a contractual obligation whereby the artist has to produce something and fast. It's overproduced, bland and simply unlistenable in places. The final track with Sylvin on vocals is decent enough but it should be on a Jazz-lite album not something by this country's greatest living Slide guitarist. Put simply, this is an album to AVOID ... don't even buy it out of curiosity. Stick to everything else Chris has done and put this down to a lazy afternoon in the recording studio with Super Mario Brothers music having been used as 'inspiration.'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good cd.
Published 18 days ago by mr robert howes
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
ok
Published 1 month ago by Mr Wayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great album
Published 2 months ago by Ali Hogg
4.0 out of 5 stars This Chris has come in for lots of stick
But I think it's good. It is not Bluesy like the fantastic Blue Guitars but falls into a sort-of-blues, sort of jazz, sort of rap even, great backing vocals, cynical and ironic... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Album
I disagree with most of the reviewers here who rated this album bad, but i can understand why!This is a difficult album,the kind of, who must listen more than three times to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by A.Charalambous
2.0 out of 5 stars On the ropes
Generally regarded as the worst Chris Rea album ever, it sadly justifies its reputation.

The biggest problem with it is that Rea tried to update his sound and whether... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mister D
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad!
Been a fan if Chris Rea since before his recording days, watching him develop his style at early gigs in Saltburn. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2010 by Steve Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Road to hell return's
Road to hell part 2 is chris rea's down the dico album which is not a bad thing really it may not be his best album but that no reason to knock it. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2009 by Mr. Jonathan Hare
1.0 out of 5 stars And his car broke down on the way.......
What was he thinking of? Chris Rea should be (and probably is) ashamed of this awful album. It bears no similarity to any of his other work, either in style or composition, even... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2005 by The Happy Scribe
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