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What is this, a real-live Driveshaft (Lost-at-sea bassist notwithstanding)? The Virgin Records debut from “local” frontman Rick DeJesus & Co. is a glammed-up, dumbed-down ode to beating the odds and living to play generic, testosterone-charged Dude Rock another day.

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Adelitas Way
One and a half stars
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Adelitas Way

While opening salvo “Invincible” is undeniably custom-made for any modern-metal station, lust-fueled “Dirty Little Thing” comes off as a lesser version of Saving Abel’s “Addicted.” Then there’s closing power ballad “Brother,” which mourns a sibling’s losing battle to addiction, complete with such lyrical introspection as “Every time I see my brother look at me I turn my head/’Cause to me he’s dead.”

Overall, the Virgin Records offering is heavy-handed but pretty harmless stuff. Perhaps a “(You All) Everybody” cover would have provided a little more street cred?

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