Living Like a Runaway

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Living Like a Runaway
Lita Ford Living Like A Runaway Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Lita Ford
Released June 4, 2012 (Europe)
June 19, 2012 (North America)
Recorded Wazoo Music Studio, Pelham, New Hampshire and Metronome Studio, Brookline, New Hampshire, 2011-2012
Genre Heavy metal
Length 40:56
Label SPV/Steamhammer
Producer Gary Hoey, Lita Ford, Bobby Collin
Lita Ford chronology
Wicked Wonderland
(2009)
Living Like a Runaway
(2012)
The Bitch Is Back ... Live
(2013)

Living Like a Runaway is the eighth studio album from American rock-musician Lita Ford, released in June 2012. This is the first album of Lita's to be released on SPV/Steamhammer Records.[1] "SPV gets who I am, my work, and what it takes to bring this project to life. I'm very excited to have them on my team," says Lita.[2]

The album was co-written and produced by rock guitarist Gary Hoey and represents a return to form for Lita, who drew inspiration from her "ugly divorce" from Nitro singer Jim Gillette.

"Gary Hoey and I wanted to approach this record by getting back to basics," she said. "We want to strip away all the electronics and plug-ins and keep it to vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. Going back to basics is going back to what punk, metal and The Runaways was for me."

She added, "[The album title] Living Like a Runaway means freedom and empowerment. To do what I want and to pursue my dreams while answering to no one."[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
About.com 4/5 stars[4]

Since its release, Living Like a Runaway has been met with positive reviews. Reviewer William Clark of Guitar International.com gave the album a positive review, saying "If you take a step back from the powerful storyline, the music itself is classic Lita Ford, and that’s what really brings Living Like a Runaway over the top".[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Branded" (Lita Ford, Gary Hoey) - 3:47
  2. "Hate" (Ford, Michael Dan Ehmig, Hoey) - 3:55
  3. "The Mask" (Ford) - 4:09
  4. "Living Like a Runaway" (Ford, Ehmig, Hoey) - 4:47
  5. "Relentless" (Ford) - 3:48
  6. "Mother" (Ford) - 2:55
  7. "Devil in My Head" (Ford, Ehmig, Hoey) - 5:22
  8. "Asylum" (Ford, Hoey) - 4:34
  9. "Luv 2 Hate U" (Ford, Ehmig, Hoey) - 3:45
  10. "A Song to Slit Your Wrists By" (Nikki Sixx, David Darling) - 3:54 (58 cover)
  11. "Boiling Point" (Ford, Ehmig) - 4:09 (iTunes bonus track)
  12. "Bad Neighborhood" (Ford, Doug Aldrich) (digipak bonus track) - 3:43
  13. "The Bitch Is Back" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) - 3:39 (digipak bonus track, Elton John cover)

Personnel[edit]

  • Lita Ford - lead and backing vocals, guitars, keyboards, executive producer
  • Gary Hoey - guitars, bass, keyboards, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "Love 2 Hate U", producer, engineer, mixing
  • Matt Scurfield - drums
  • The Uptown Horns:
    • Crispin Cioe - baritone/tenor/alto saxophone
    • Arno Hecht - tenor saxophone
    • Larry Etkin - trumpet
  • Mickey Kanan, Tayla Lemieux - backing vocals
  • Doug Aldrich - guitar on "Bad Neighborhood"
  • Pete "Boardz" Peloquin - drum engineer, assistant mixing engineer (Metronome Media Group)
  • Bobby Collin - executive producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LITA FORD: First Look At Double-LP Version Of 'Living Like A Runaway'". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  2. ^ a b "LITA FORD Signs With SPV/STEAMHAMMER; New Album Title Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Fred. "Lita Ford Living Like a Runaway review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  4. ^ Simms, Kelley. "Lita Ford - Living Like a Runaway Review". Heavy Metal. About.com. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  5. ^ Clarke, William. "Lita Ford Returns with Living Like a Runaway". Guitar International . com. Retrieved 2012-10-04.