|"Home School Valedictorian"|
Title: Home School Valedictorian
Genre: Modern Rock
Review: Las Vegas hard rock quintet Adelitas Way does an excellent job balancing the thrusting riffs of their burly rock against their melodic sensibilities and soaring hooks on their sophomore effort. The gritty, chugging riffs of grimy rockers like angst-ridden "Move" and grubby shout-along "Cage The Beast" anchor the album's frequent attempts at rock edged balladry, with the healthy dose of guitars on tracks like "I Can Tell".
Front man, Rick DeJesus' warm vocals shine on the melodic, love struck hook of "Alive", dreamily swimming in the wake of passionate, metal-kissed punch to the gut "The Collapse" and chunky riffed, pulse-pounding anthem "Sick" to open the album with a bang. Scathing guitars and a grumbling bass line snarl over the slamming drums of fired-up "Criticize", as DeJesus professes his love despite his woman's less appealing qualities, "I like the way you won't apologize / I like the way you just demoralize / I like the way you always roll your eyes / Someone as perfect as you is hard to criticize".
From the moaning swarm of guitars of hard rock ballad "Hurt", with DeJesus drugging himself to escape the pain of his woman's lies, to the frustrated vocals of "Good Enough", bitterly recalling a time when he was good enough for her, you get the feeling he should find a new woman if it did not make for such great, spiteful rock.
The explosive, kick to the chest of "I Wanna Be" finds Adelitas Way delivering the fiery energetic rock, ripe with furious guitar, while holding onto their melodic charm in the hook, "Fame is for nothing / You're not above me / You're gonna come and go / Come and go". The solid acoustic jangle of mid-tempo "Somebody Wishes They Were You" falls flat due to the unnecessary strings and lazy hook, though the occasional guitar flare-up prevents even the album's low point from being a complete waste.
Tracklist: 1 The Collapse; 2 Sick; 3 Alive; 4 Criticize; 5 Good Enough; 6 Cage the Beast; 7 I Can Tell; 8 Somebody Wishes They Were You; 9 Move; 10 I Wanna Be; 11 Hurt.