Lita Ford – “Living Like A Runaway”

Lita Ford – “Living Like A Runaway” (Steamhammer / SPV)

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned! Lita Ford has certainly led a tumultuous life and career, right from the 70s when she was in The Runaways right thru to her engagements to Tony Iommi and more recently her bitter divorce to Jim Gillette, who collaborated on her previous album “Wicked Wonderland”. Well, if this album was designed to exorcise those demons from the past (judging by the bitter song titles), then it has done so being a complete departure from that last release, which was probably the heaviest and most metal I’ve heard from her. “Living Like A Runaway” is certainly a lot quieter and rather than being metal is a pure rock album made up of punchy numbers like ‘Hate’, soft rock n roll songs like ‘Love 2 Hate U’ and the teasing, sultry femme rock of ‘A Song To Slit Your Wrists By’. Co-written and produced with guitarist Gary Hoey, there’s certainly some fine guitar in there, especially on the passionate rock ballad ‘Asylum’, which sees her bare her soul right from the days when she was a street kid to a mother attacked by her own children. There’s definitely a lotta hurt and emotion in this album, so let’s hope she licks her wounds and returns to full form soon as Lita is still the meanest she wolf out there!

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