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Lita Ford, Living Like a Runaway
SPV Records, June 19

06/28/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



From the skudge-encrusted depths of the where-are-they-now files slithers ’80s-metal B-Lister Lita Ford, formerly of all-female hard-rock spectacle the Runaways (now do you get the title?) whose major accomplishment was a demon-love duet with Ozzy Osborne, unless you count her 1988 single “Kiss Me Deadly,” but let’s not. OK, OK, easy pickings, this female embodiment of everything that was wrong about Whitesnake, and all that stuff, but one can’t take away the fact that she did stand her studded-leather ground in 1979 and allow Joan Jett to help break up the Runaways, so she’s earned the right to be as hackneyed as she likes, even in her personal life (she married the singer from posturing L.A. glam band Tuff, and their horrible divorce is touched upon often in this tuneful but faceless reel of stock soundtracking). On the whole, it sounds like a radio stuck on random search and unable to escape “How Do I Get You Alone”-era Heart, Pat Benatar, that kind of stuff, but Ford isn’t the ponce her ex-husband is, so there’s some Sabbathy riffing (“Devil in My Head”) if your eject-button finger is patient enough. B- —Eric W. Saeger






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