Adelitas Way, ‘Getaway’ – Album Review
Time flies when you're rocking out! In 2006, Adelitas Way formed in Las Vegas ready to take on the world. In the time since, they've released three albums, undergone a few lineup changes and seen the highs and lows of the major label world before breaking free. In recent years, the band has taken more control of their collective future and it shows with the growth of their fourth studio album, Getaway.
The band started sewing the seeds last year with the Deserve This EP and its breakout single "I Get Around." And while the song, which also turns up on the Johnny K-produced Getaway, did well at radio, it's essentially an appetizer for a more well-rounded effort from the band. Audiences are already embracing the swagger-filled single "Bad Reputation." The song, bolstered by driving guitars and singer Rick DeJesus' no holds barred attitude, is connecting with audiences and is bound to be a staple in the band's live sets for years to come.
"Bad Reputation" kicks off the album, which is particularly packed at the top. The propulsive rocker "Get Away," the mid-tempo standout "The Good Die Young" and the fully focused and driven track "Low" all seem like natural fits for rock radio. DeJesus particularly shines on vocals on "The Good Die Young," while some killer bass work by Andrew Cushing gives "Low" some powerful and undeniable low end.
While the early portion of Getaway seems ready to be cherry-picked for a deep radio run, it's the latter portion of the album that finds the band widening their musical palette. "Filthy Heart" has some nifty guitar work from Robert Zakaryan that builds into a frenetic late song jam, while DeJesus provides a more soulful, slick delivery. "Harbor the Fugitive" delivers a mid-tempo vibe with some interesting guitar tones and "Sometimes You're Meant to Get Used" features perhaps the most stylistic shifts of any song on the disc. While you'd likely never confuse the two acts, a portion of the chorus on the song as delivered by DeJesus feels like it would be right at home in Chevelle's wheelhouse, but the song as a whole definitely has the Adelitas Way stamp. The more somber "Shame" and the low-end driven "Deserve This," with particularly solid work from drummer Tre Stafford, bring the disc to a close on a high note.
For fans of the "full album" listen, Adelitas Way's Getaway should do the trick. It starts strong, sets a tone and keeps you engaged through to the final song. The end result is arguably the band's most cohesive disc to date with the most potential to go deep with singles.