Adelitas Way - 'Getaway'

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Adelitas Way - 'Getaway'

I'm saddened that a once great band has entered a downward spiral that is simply irrecoverable.

Oh how the mighty have fallen. After being lucky enough to hear the 'Interscope' demos prior to the release of their major label debut on Virgin Records, I predicted great things for Adelitas Way. With a front-man exuding charisma and presence with songs to match, AW seemed destined for the same success enjoyed by the likes of Theory Of A Deadman, Shinedown and Halestorm.

Indeed, second album 'Home School Valedictorian' spawned the huge hit 'Alive', which seemed to be sending the band on an upward path. Needless to say, in the world of record labels, it ultimately marked the beginning of a decline. A new trend for organic production was ushered in to displace the polished sound that had dominated. To that end Adelitas Way brought in producer Nick Raskulinecz for the third album 'Stuck'; it didn't do well commercially and the band were dropped by Virgin, and left to go it alone through a fan- funded "Pledge Music" campaign. This resulted in an EP, shortly followed by this, the fourth album.

Lead singer Rick Dejesus has more or less admitted that he was fed up with the direction that the band had been going on the first two albums, and wanted to move away from it. Artistic integrity is to be admired, but with a burgeoning fan-base and a huge radio hit, surely it was cutting off your nose to spite your face. Hooks and great song-writing, I'm afraid, have been ditched on 'Getaway', which follows a similar path to 'Stuck', which favours a raw Indie style sound, forgettable songs and a distinct lack of hooks.

I really can't find anything to like about this album whatsoever, and I'm saddened that a once great band has entered a downward spiral that is simply irrecoverable.

Mike Newdeck

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