LITA FORD - TIME CAPSULE
Review by Sloof
My metal heart melts totally when I check the photo on the back of this new album. What an attitude, what a great looking silhouette, and if you are honest it’s really exciting to see a leather chick with an Metal guitar around the neck. She has balls, she’s got the girl power, and if some shows on TV are looking for an X-factor, well, Lita has them all! For those that aren’t familiar with Lita, she had a major worldwide hit with ‘Close My Eyes Forever’ (1988) in a duet with Ozzy Osbourne, the one and only Prince Of Darkness. Before this ballad, she was a member of The Runaways together with Joan Jett from 1975 ‘till 1979 as lead guitarist. She also released some solo albums and ‘Out For Blood’ is undeniably a milestone in her career. From time to time, she enters the studio to record new material, but this time, it all went a little different. She took some time to collect unreleased material from the 80’s, and things were literally stored on her attic.
“Time Capsule” couldn’t fit better and the material that is stored on this new album contains really great guitar solos (as expected) and a sensitive, personal touch from private life affairs (also as expected). I want to mention the front cover as well, as this “Time Capsule” has a collage of memorabilia of her career. There is also a personal note on the booklet: ‘not one thing was fixed, covered up or re-recorded/changed in any way! These tapes are still as I found them’.
After a stupid intro, spoken by Chris Holmes and totally ridiculous, we get a wonderful, emotional track ‘Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight’, where the voice of Lita is supreme! She’s very mature, very Rock/Metal sounding, but at the same time emotional, sensitive and very female. The male guest on this track was Jeff Scott Soto, so it’s needless to say that he always delivers a great job! This is definitely a great song that has all ingredients that Lita Ford represents. ‘Killing Kind’ is a bit slower, lesser emotional and with a lot of attention to the backing vocals in the chorus line, this time we hear some members of Cheap Trick. ‘War Of The Angels’ opens very modest with a fantastic bass line, performed by one of her guests Gene Simmons, Greg Babushio or Billy Sheehan. It’s not really mentioned who plays exactly in which track, but I’m sure that all musicians have their own quality and charisma (especially Gene from KISS).
‘Black Leather Heart’ has a lot of references with her old time classic band The Runaways where songs like ‘Cherry Bomb’, ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Queens Of Noise’ are etched in my mind. ‘Rotten To The Core’ is again a slowly dragging song where she likes to mention all things that Lita dislikes! Every song on this album has nice and blistering guitar work and Lita’s got some help by Bruce Kulick (and Not Bruce Klick, wrongly mentioned in the booklet), Joe Taylor and Blues Saraceno. It’s obvious that she knows all the big names in the scene and perhaps, that would expect a leverage to more charismatic material. The songs are all typical Lita Ford, but I missed some killer tracks like ‘Out For Blood’ where the magic was present all the time.
This is an album that you will enjoy when you want to have a quieter moment, when you want to have some subdued feeling. As she is going to play at the upcoming Alcatraz Metal Festival in Belgium, it’s a good thing to refresh the memory, but I do hope that she’s going to focus on her highlights prior to the material on this album. Order via Lita's Official Homepage at: http://litafordonline.com/
My rating: 82 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish