Adelitas Way – Getaway
Label: The Vegas Sin/The Fuel Music
Release Date: February 26, 2016
As a music fan, DJ, and reviewer, I hear a lot of new music. It is rare, especially these days, that an album comes across the desk and completely blows me away. However, that is exactly what the fourth release from Las Vegas rockers Adelitas Way has done. As they have managed with every album, Adelitas Way has found a way to mix hook-laden, riff-filled classic-style rock with a modern sound… In doing so, they’ve created yet another CD that should appeal to rock fans young and…Well…We don’t want to say old, so…Maybe…Vintage? The hooks, the melodies, and the lyrics speak to everyday situations, and are things hard rock fans of all ages should appreciate. The phrase “all killer, no filler” comes to mind when listening to this one.
Let’s look at this release track by track. Come with me for a journey through what is likely to be one of the top rock releases of 2016.
“Bad Reputation” – The CD’s lead track was released to rock radio last November. It’s a song about having a good time, partying, and not denying the bad reputation it may earn you. In this song, vocalist Rick DeJesus seems to embrace the hard-living, hard-partying lifestyle, letting you know he really doesn’t care if you don’t like the life. The beat, and the hard-driving riff make the listener want to get up, throw back a shot, smoke a joint, and rock out. It even has a bit of a James Bond theme song vibe. I can picture Daniel Craig driving a winding road somewhere in Europe while the opening credits roll.
“Getaway” – This song, to me, is about just needing to get out of your current situation for a while…Needing to party, raise some Hell, have a good time. It’s about being sick of the rat race, sick of the mundane, sick of it all. Time to rock! Put this on the car stereo, drive to the local bar, and floor the accelerator to this one.
“The Good Die Young” – This song serves as an homage to those we’ve lost well before their time. Just because they maybe died doing some questionable substances and engaging in risky activities doesn’t mean they weren’t good people. Also, the lead guitar playing by Robert Zakaryan on this is bluesy, and quite good.
“Low” – This one speaks to all of us who’ve had a significant other, friend, or family member treat us like we’re lower than dirt…Worthless…Horrible people. Send this song out to anyone who’s treated you like you’re less than themselves.
“Put You In Place” – This is a great fight song. It goes out to all the assholes who think they can talk a big game, treat people like dirt, and not face the consequences. Doesn’t hurt that the rhythm section is so solid here, with some stand out low-end rumble from bassist Andrew Cushing and some great stick work from drummer Tre Stafford.
“I Get Around” – This is a classic, hard-driving, “Don’t judge me for what you yourself do” kind of track. The writer admits he gets around, but says the girl who’s judging him for it is no better. I think we all know people like that.
“Filthy Heart” – Ever dated that girl with the darkest, most evil heart? This song is written for her. Excellent, bluesy guitar work during the bridge as well. It’s a good break-up song, and I have a feeling, it’ll be drunk texted to a lot of girls over the next year or more.
“Harbor the Fugitive” – It’s a warning to all of us guys about that girl who’ll spend some time, make you think it’s love and then drop you like a bad habit. Honestly, to me, lyrically, it’s a sequel to The Tubes’ classic “She’s a Beauty”.
“Sometimes You’re Meant to Get Used” – Who hasn’t had that classic one-night stand, particularly with a girl who’s been using guys for years, but now…Wants a serious relationship with you? This is a message to her…It’s her turn to be used. It’s a hard-driving party track that deserves to be cranked loudly.
“Shame” – The title says it all…It’s actually about someone with little to no shame. The hooks and riffs in this track are excellent.
“Deserve This” – A great track about someone mistreating you and thinking it’s what you deserve. To me, the lyrics strike me as being about a horribly mixed-up person who doesn’t have much self-respect or self-worth, and wants to bring you down and destroy you to make him/herself feel better.
All in all, Getaway is definitely one to add to the collection if you’re a hard rock fan of any sort. It doesn’t matter if you like the old stuff, the new stuff, or everything in between. There’s something for all true rockers on Adelitas Way’s fourth studio effort.
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