Lita Ford began her rise to fame as the lead guitarist in the all-girl rock band, The Runaways, and went on to pursue a solo career after the band broke up in 1979. Ford’s most notable success came in 1988, while under the management of Sharon Osbourne, releasing Lita, which included the hits, Kiss Me Deadly and Close My Eyes Forever; a duet with Ozzy Osbourne.
Ford’s latest album, Living Like A Runaway, was released on June 19, 2012. The album takes you on a journey through her life and gives you a glimpse into the various obstacles she’s had to face. After receiving much criticism for her previous album, 2009’s Wicked Wonderland, Ford is back and she means business.
While this album won’t make you toss Lita in a drawer, it holds its own and delivers the classic sound we all hoped wasn’t lost. The song titles paint a clear picture of the tone of the record with names like Branded, A Song to Slit Your Wrists To, Asylum, and Devil in my Head, to name a few. Ford is pissed off and ready to be heard.
The record starts off strong with the straight up rock song, Branded, which anyone who has been in a bad or abusive relationship can relate to. Another song which conveys the same emotional message is the ballad, Asylum. Devil In My Head follows suit describing her challenging love life and tendency to make choices that might not necessarily be the best for her.
The title track, Living Like A Runaway, tells the summed up story of where Ford started to where she is now. It’s a catchy track and one of the definite stand outs on the album. Relentless, another stand out and solid rock song, tells of Ford’s drive and determination to rise to the top despite anyone who tried to stop her.
As with many great albums, Living Like A Runaway, is not without its filler tracks. Mother, a song from a mother to her child about having to leave her abusive relationship, might be emotional for some and could be done without, for others. Love 2 Hate You and The Mask are somewhat forgettable and A Song to Slit Your Wrists To, written by Nikki Sixx, might have been better suited for another artist.
All in all, Living Like A Runaway is an honest, raw look into Ford’s life and a great rock album just as we’ve come to expect from her. Her guitar work and vocals are as strong as they ever were and fans are bound to breathe a huge sigh of relief knowing she’s back and better than ever.