Despite being a member of the bubble-gum hard rock, all teenage girls outfit THE RUNAWAYS (this title’s a nice tie-in to the past, as well as the recent big budget Hollywood movie about the band), for many, Lita Ford is remembered for her 80s ballad with Ozzy Osbourne (‘Close My Eyes Forever’) and writhing around on the floor in the video for her party anthem ‘Kiss Me Deadly’. This disc kicks off with a gritty hard rocker, ‘Branded’ which seems to be motivated by the recent dissolution of her marriage to former NITRO vocalist Jim Gillette (who was more renown for selling vocal tapes/technics in 80s mags). Unfortunately, there’s not another number of this caliber amongst the nine others. The autobiographical ‘Relentless’ rides a mid-tempo sleaze groove. Could use a little more wah wah pedal! The acoustic begun power ballad ‘Mother’ is directed at her two boys from the marriage with Gillette. Acoustic also starts the male-female interchange on 'Love 2 Hate U'. There’s definitely a (unwanted to these ears) modern Americanized, tech/industrial undercurrent running through several numbers, none moreso than the closing, Nikki Sixx (MOTLEY CRUE) penned ‘A Song To Slit Your Wrist By’. Previously he co-wrote ‘Falling In And Out Of Love’ on her platinum selling ’88 Lita album. Synthesized, orchestral intro greets ‘Asylum’. If she weren’t a blond female, this would never have been issued by SPV. Lita might get a little nostalgia bump in timing, from the Rick Of Ages movie, old-timers trying to relive the era and buying new music from past favorites, but generally this is too safe and pedestrian for 2012. Outside North America, two interesting bonus cuts are available, including ‘Bad Neighborhood’, with a guest appearance by WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich and a cover of the ELTON JOHN classic ‘The Bitch Is Back’, brass provided by The Uptown Horns.