Adema's self-titled debut went gold, thanks to the modern rock track "The Way You Like It" and the band's main-stage gig at the 2001-2002 Ozzfest.

Adema's self-titled debut went gold, thanks to the modern rock track "The Way You Like It" and the band's main-stage gig at the 2001-2002 Ozzfest. The latter had the added effect of putting the band on industry watch lists. Here, with producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., Cold), the quintet ably delivers the goods. The title track's buzzing guitars rock hard enough for the boys, while its aggressive, enticing beat will get the girls dancing. Ditto for "Co-Dependent" and "Rip the Heart Out of Me." Lyrically, tales of betrayal ("Betray") and domestic abuse ("Stand Up") can be heard. But vocalist Mark Chavez also pours his heart out about his love for his son ("So Fortunate"). Though Chavez's voice is whiny at times, at least it complements the angst of the material. As for the speed-metal track "Needles," it is too abrupt a shift from the album's overall melodicism. But neither flaw will keep fans from repeatedly listening to this CD.—CLT

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