A new release by Lita Ford and my initial thought goes back to her last album, Wicked Wonderland. An album which she said was good, but not a Lita-album. In fact it sucked big time, was a huge disappointment and was one of the worst albums I have ever heard. If we keep in mind, all the bad reviews, the negative public reaction and the title of the album, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that Living Like A Runaway will go back closer to her roots. To use a title that refers to her early career is both a smart move and something cheesy. It says: "Hey, I'm back", but is also a desperate cry for attention.
Lita is back to her own sound again, so no worries. Many songs on Living Like A Runaway sounds like eighties American summer hard rock with ballads and with a punkish vibe, just recorded 25 years later or so. The punk vibe is instant with the opener called Branded. It continues through Hate with a pre-chorus that could have ended up on any Poison album. It has a catchy chorus as well, making you feel that summer is knocking at your door.
The title track is a semi-ballad and a good piece of work. Same with Asylum and as sure as, I don't know what, with Mother, we get a ballad dedicated in some way to her family as well. Love 2 Hate U is a duet and so American that time seems to cease to exist. All these four ballads or semi-ballads are actually good songs, but nothing over the top.
The Mask, Relentless and Devil In My Head shows a heavier side of Lita. A Song To Slit Your Wrists By is a remake with industrial vibes, originally appearing on Nikki Sixx's 58 album, Diet For A New America and could have been left out or placed as a bonus track. My opinion on this album says: the heavier, the worse.
The quality of the songs don't reach sky high levels and I guess this is not an album that will be played when you throw a party, but it works well as company. If you dug Lita's past work though, I suggest you give this album a try.
also review of: Time Capsule