Moritz - 2011 - Undivided
1. Power Of The Music
3. Should've Been Gone
4. Who Do You Run To
5. Can't Stop The Angels
6. Same But Different
7. Any Time At All
8. Without Love
9. Never Together
10. Lonely Without You
11. Can't Get Away
12. World Keep Turning
Moritz are one in a very long line of "what could have been" bands. They only recorded a few songs back in 1986...a 12" Ep and some demo tapes.
Only many years later, UK journalidt Rob Evans met Greg Hart and so came to the release of the 8-track "City Street" including old recordings from 1986 and 1988.
Now, many years later, Greg got in touch with his old band mates and they decided to put the band back together and give it another shot. They recorded a new full length album featuring all the original members:
Pete Scallan : Vocals
Greg Hart : Guitars , keyboards , vocals
Mike Nolan : Guitar , vocals
Andy Steward , Piano , keyboards
Ian Edwards : Bass , vocals
and new drummer Mick Neaves
There is no denying that Undivided sounds more like another lost gem from the past than a brand new collection of songs, however if you have a soft spot for the likes of Survivor, Night Ranger, FM, Journey and in places the more pompy feel of Tobruk, then you will not be able to resist what Moritz have to offer.
The album kicks right off with the melodic rocke,r Power Of The Music, wich is just amazing ...
The strength of the atmospheric keys and upbeat guitars of "Lonely Without You", the keyboard punch of "Same But Different" or the heart-string tugging ballad "Should've Been Good" with great vocals of Janey Smith!
"Without Love" is without a doubt my favorite song on the album... This song has everything a good melodic tune should possess!
It would be no exaggeration to suggest that if they had gotten the breaks, Moritz could be the household names that Journey or Foreigner are today. The twin guitar attack from Hart and Nolan adds a cutting edge to Andy Stewart's keyboard work, while in Pete Scallan, Moritz have a singer that has the class of many great AOR singers!!
Undivided is AOR of the highest order and maybe due to the fact that the band were there when this music ruled the airwaves, it has a real heart and soul that is often lacking from a lot of the newer bands in this genre, adding a welcome air of authenticity to the Moritz sound. Very classy indeed!
This is the amazing return of one of the UK's finest AOR bands, twelve new classic tunes in the vein of Strangeways, FM, Airrace and Tobruk. A very pleasant surprise and definitely a must-have for any serious AOR and Melodic Rock fan.
Check them out: www.harmonyfactory.co.uk
Last Updated (Friday, 07 January 2011 11:12)