Lita Ford has had a bad couple of years. There was her big comeback album, Wicked Wonderland, which was such a ginormous piece of shit that if you plant it, your plants will grow faster. Then the Runaways movie that totally ignored her contributions to the band for a faux lesbian storyline. To add insult to injury, Joan Jett’s manager offered Lita $500 for the rights to her life story for said movie. Lastly, she divorced her husband Jim Gillette after 17 years of marriage. So after all that turmoil she did what she does best, pick up a guitar and start writing some music.
Living Like A Runaway is a very fitting name that reflects all the ups and downs Lita has lived through. Casual fans will always associate Lita with the pop metal of “Kiss Me Deadly” or the power ballad duet with Ozzy “Close My Eyes Forever”. It is a shame because if you heard her debut Out For Blood, she shows her hard side while also displaying her incredible guitar chops.
The album start off with “Branded” one of the many hard rock tunes that seem to act as a catharsis for her. “Hate “ and “Relentless” are two others that move the needle and echo back to her debut. Some songs can come across rather auto biographical. “Mother” is an open letter to her sons that assaulted her at the behest of their father.
Lita harkens back to her Ozzy track on “Love 2 Hate U”. While it is a duet, this song is incredibly catchy and if there was any justice in the radio industry you should hear it every other hour. Her vocal partner is guitarist Gary Hoey, who also did a phenomenal job as a producer and co-songwriter.
The album is a good step to redemption for Lita. Living Like A Runaway shows what Lita is capable of and shows promise of even better stuff to come.
Final rating. I would be happy paying….
$14.99-Regularly Priced CD
$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon
$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale or as a used CD
$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop
$0-Not worth the drive space