Adelitas Way STUCK Album Review
I’m a sucker for melodic hard-edged rock. Sadly, it has become increasingly difficult to find in today’s vapid hard rock landscape. But once in awhile I come across one of those albums that absolutely nails it; albums like Adelitas Way’s forthcoming release, Stuck.
In the sweltering sun of Welcome To Rockville I caught their blistering set and counted down the days to the July 29th release of their third album. Then, we got a glimpse of what we were in store when they released “Dog On A Leash” the excellent aggressive lead single, which instantly ratcheted up my expectations.
I’ve come to expect to be disappointed with so many active rock albums that are weak – albums featuring one or two solid tracks surrounded by a sea of crap. But not this time. Nope, Stuck absolutely delivers. This is a masterpiece destined for year-end best of lists. It’s one of those rare albums that defines a band and jettisons them into the rock ‘n roll stratosphere. It’s Adelitas Way’s equivalent of Metallica’s Master Of Puppets or the Scorpions Love At First Bite, an offering that takes a band from solid rockers to bona fide stars.
The previous comparison to The Scorpions is an apt one, as these American rockers feature excellent hard rock guitar, at times gritty and raw and at others beautifully honed, and all of it masterfully layered throughout. Throw in thunderous drums and diverse balanced vocals from Rick DeJesus and it’s a killer combination. There’s a common hard rock thread through all of the tracks, and the songs are generally catchy as hell, but happily, they’re a diverse grouping of tracks that all stand on their own.
“Dog On A Leash,” like most of the tracks on Stuck, is sharply produced music that still retains a welcome gritty edge. The album offers a diverse glimpse into the Las Vegas quartet’s considerable talent. There are a handful of killer tracks throughout the album, the best, “Different Kind Of Animal” is one of the most balanced, rich rockers I have heard in years. “Keep Me Waiting,” “Save The World.” “We Came” and “Blur” are all future active radio hits cut from the same cloth and excellent offerings.
On the other end of the spectrum is the keyboard driven “Something More,” the tender ballad “Drive” and the built-for-stadiums anthem “Undivided,” all tracks that scream for well-deserved attention. There’s not a weak track on the album, and it’s a must buy for all hard rock fans.
P.S. As good as this album is, they also put on a great live show. You’ll be able to catch Adelitas Way touring this fall with The Pretty Reckless, including four September dates here in Florida. The full tour schedule follows below the break.
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09/10/2014 Boston, MA House of Blues*
09/12/2014 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore*
09/13/2014 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts*
09/15/2014 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade*
09/17/2014 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues*
09/18/2014 Jacksonville beach, FL Free Bird Live*
09/19/2014 St. Petersburg, FL Mahaffey Theater*
09/20/2014 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues*
09/21/2014 Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live*
09/23/2014 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen*
09/24/2014 New Orleans, LA House of Blues*
09/26/2014 Austin, TX Emo’s*
09/28/2014 Houston, TX House of Blues*
09/30/2014 Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theatre*
10/02/2014 Reno, NV Knitting Factory *
10/03/2014 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom*
10/04/2014 Seattle, WA El Corazon*
10/05/2014 Vancouver, B.C. Vogue Theatre*
10/08/2014 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom*
10/10/2014 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern*
10/11/2014 Anaheim, CA House of Blues*
10/12/2014 San Diego, CA House of Blues*
10/16/2014 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex*
10/17/2014 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium*
10/25/2014 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe @ Old National Centre*
10/28/2014 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall*
10/29/2014 Cleveland, OH House of Blues*
10/30/2014 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy*
11/01/2014 Montreal, QC Olympia De Montreal*
11/04/2014 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground Ballroom*
11/06/2014 Portland, ME The Asylum*
11/07/2014 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom*
11/08/2014 New York, NY Best Buy Theater*
*Marks dates with The Pretty Reckless – additional dates will be announced throughout the summer.