Belinda Carlisle had an excellent string of early solo albums (Belinda, Heaven is a Place on Earth, Runaway Hoses, and Live Your Life Be Free), but out of those four, Runaway Horses is the weakest. Most of the songs off Runaway are still enjoyable, but some of the material is just a bit slow for my taste. Runaway is a ballad-heavy album, but's not too much of a departure from the her other earlier solo material. Even so, I don't love very single track like I do with the other three early albums of hers. I really love "Summer Rain", "Vision of You", "Leave a Light On", "Valentine", but I wouldn't loose too much sleep at night if I didn't have the rest of the album. And to be honest, the title track "Runaway Horses" is on the boring side. The live rendition found on Runaway Live is much more energetic, so I suggest getting that instead. Too bad her Greatest Hits CD compilation doesn't have "Valentine". I wouldn't have had to buy this whole album just for that one extra song Greatest Hits didn't have. Runaway Horses is, however, head and shoulders above her 1993 flop that I wasted fifteen dollars on, and A Woman and a Man (which I do not own but have listened to). I still love Belinda, but I suppose my heart will always be with her Pop Rock incarnation of the 1986-1991 era.
3 out of 5 stars