Southern California native Cherie Currie was just 15 years old when she was plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight as lead singer for all-female rock band The Runaways in the mid-1970s. She stuck around for the outfit’s first three albums before leaving The Runaways in 1977 to pursue a solo career. Her 1978 debut album “Beauty’s Only Skin Deep” failed to make much of a dent and Currie drifted away from the music business.
She dabbled in acting, landing a plum role in the 1980 Jodie Foster film “Foxes,” and later wrote a couple books and trained herself to become an award-winning chainsaw artist. It’s been 37 years since that debut album, but Currie, 55, is back with rollicking new platter “Reverie.” While it’s not likely to reignite her music career, the 10-track release is a perfectly pleasant collection of guitar-driven rock tunes.
The title track gets the party started and Currie later stomps her way through standouts “Is It Day or Night?” and “Queen of the Asphalt Jungle.” She’s also surprisingly effective on ballads like “Shades of Me,” personal favorite “Believe” and “I’m Happy.” Welcome back, Cherie. (Jeffrey Sisk)