Hynde has been singing about environmental themes for decades (remember My City Was Gone?) But the title song off the new album, which sounds to me like a rewrite of “I Fought the Law,” for once is not a wistful yearning for a lost paradise or a complaint about the authorities. It’s a demand for real change, right here, right now.
Given that the Urban Heat Index is in many American cities a bigger threat to human health and happiness than climate change, the demand to return to a permeable, plant-friendly, water-cycling landscape actually makes a heckuva lot of sense.
But the song is great not because it’s enviro … but because Hynde and the boys make it rock.