Award winning guitarist, vocalist and former Runaway Lita Ford is releasing Living Like a Runaway: Lita Ford, A Memoir, documenting her journey from all-girl band The Runaways to major solo successes, and has a tour coming up. To coincide, this album comes from the vaults (hence the title), previously unheard material recorded in the 80s, with some big names.
Her ninth solo studio album, whiskey soaked pre grunge, classic Lita Ford. A good thing? Well, largely.
The intro, spoken by Chris Holmes, best skipped to be honest.
‘Where Will I Find Heart Tonight’ features some excellent vocals from both Ford and Jeff Scott Soto, the guitar work good too. The gentler ‘Killing Kind’ features Dave Navarro on Mandolin and members of Cheap Trick on backing vocals, then there’s Billy Sheehan on bass, quite a collective and the song builds well too. ‘War Of The Angels’, again with Sheehan, kicks off in acoustic fashion, with Ford’s strong vocals searing. A slow build and a solid guitar solo, it’s good and fairly radio friendly.
Black Leather Heart is more of a solid rock song, rocking throughout, some heavy moments.
‘Rotten To The Core’, features Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick (worth a listen on that note alone).
There are some real crackers on this album, some excellent, equally some of the tracks sound incomplete and a little dated. Ford can shred pretty damn well when she wants to. 6.3/10