Picks and Pans Review: Lita

updated 02/15/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/15/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Lita Ford

In one of the songs on this album Ford sings, "I went to a party/ Last Saturday night/ Didn't get laid/ But got in a fight." In the publicity material for the record she boasts, "I like to be able to walk into a room and be able to say, 'I want everybody to say, "Screw you!" ' And everybody goes, 'Screw you!' And they don't even know why they say it." In short we are not dealing with a model of restraint here. This has its negative side—at 29, for one thing, Ford is a little old for dopey vulgarity. In her music, though, her instinct for abandon often produces a positively charged variety of runaway rock. Ford's singing ranges widely and wildly, from a macho coarseness on, say, Back to the Cave, to—forgive the insult, Ms. Ford—near delicacy on Under the Gun. Ford's guitar playing has a splashy appeal too. She wrote seven of the album's nine tracks, working with such people as Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe and Ozzy Osbourne (who joins Ford in a surprisingly affecting duet on their If I Close My Eyes Forever). The results are predictably rough-edged. Anyone in the market for hard rock modulated by a feminine sensibility might find this record a rewarding challenge. (Dreamland/RCA)

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