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Review: Adelitas Way - Home School Valedictorian

Review: Adelitas Way - Home School Valedictorian

With sentiments like “I can’t help but feel I’m headed for heartache,” Adelitas Way do not strike the most optimistic tone on most of its sophomore album. But the 11-track set finds the Las Vegas hard-rock quartet honed even tighter than on its self-titled 2009 debut; nothing here stretches past the four-minute mark, the headbangers (“Sick,” “The Collapse,” “Cage the Beast,” “Move”) make their points quickly and cleanly, while smoothly melodic tracks such as “Alive,” “Good Enough,” and “I Can Tell” are Bic lighter (or open cellphone) anthems waiting to happen. Valedictorian isn’t necessarily honor-roll material, but it does merit a passing grade. GARY GRAFF

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