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Ford, Lita: Living Like A Runaway
Lita Ford - Living Like A Runaway Review

Ford, Lita: Living Like A Runaway

Melodic Hard Rock
4.0/5.0

What would it take for Lita Ford to overcome the tragedy that was Wicked Wonderland, and make a better record? Not much, as most anything would be better than that train wreck of disc. (Perhaps divorcing that abusive husband was the best start.) Well, fans, Lita Ford is back, and back to rock with this year's Living Like A Runaway.

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Lita Ford: ain't Botox great.

Indeed, Living Like A Runaway is a hard rock album, melodic and a touch metal-ish, but a rock album nonetheless. As a singer, Ford is pitch perfect, dead on with her classic, bit raspy, vocal style. All the songs rise with a rock groove, offer big hooks, and some very stylish guitar melodies and solos. They also reflect more than little of Ford's pain and anguish from her divorce and unfortunate separation from her boys. Branded, The Mask, Love 2 Hate U, and Mother, which speaks to the latter situation, offer some gut wrenching emotions.

But they also kick some serious ass. Branded, Relentless, and the hook laden Hate are terrific harder rockers. That latter song coupled with the title track and possibly Love 2 Hate U show Ford's ability to craft a song with a catchy radio ready friendliness. But Living Like A Runaway could also turn on a rock ballad motif. Obviously the ballad is Mother, anguish and all deep within the lines. The curious song is the Nikki Sixx penned A Song to Slit Your Wrists By, which has a flavor nearing the sound of that other album. But it's still classy stuff.

It's good to have Lita Ford back, and back where she belongs, doing classic melodic hard rock with a metal edge. Living Like A Runaway is a fine return to form. Easily recommended.






In Short

It's good to have Lita Ford back, and back where she belongs, doing classic melodic hard rock with a metal edge. Living Like A Runaway is a fine return to form. Easily recommended.

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