Moritz – Undivided [2010]

Country United Kingdom          Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 84/100

Band Members
Andy Stewart – Keyboards, Greg Hart – Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Ian Edwards – Bass, Vocals, Mick Neaves – Drums, Mike Nolan – Guitars, Vocals, Peter Scallan – Lead Vocals

Tracks
01. Power Of The Music, 02. Undivided, 03. Should’ve Been Gone, 04. Who Do You Run To, 05. Can’t Stop The Angels, 06. Same But Different, 07. Anytime At All, 08. Without Love, 09. Never Together, 10. Lonely Without You, 11. Can’t Get Away, 12. World Keeps Turning

PROFILE

Ever since British AOR legend Greg Hart reemerged as a recording artist in 2008 through his solo project “Hartless”, one had been waiting for the comeback of his 80’s AOR outfit “Moritz”. “Moritz” did not put out any records back in the day, still recorded a fair amount of demo songs which were recently released on CD; at that point, it would be fair to say, any die-hard fan had reason to anticipate a new album full of contemporary material. So now in 2011, the official “Moritz” debut album “Undivided” sees its release.

I have to clarify that I never expected “Undivided” to be so accomplished, mature and powerful an AOR/melodic rock album. The guys clearly exceeded my expectations (which were already high, having heard Greg Hart’s project/album). The melodies are immense, the rhythm devastating and the AOR atmosphere exemplary. Simple, to the point keyboards, lead guitars planned down to the minor detail, a classic AOR rhythm section that delivers such stimulating tempos and a singer who ranges from Steve Grimmett to Tony Mills. The line up of “Moritz” features lead singer Pete Scallan guitarists Greg Heart and Mike Nolan, keyboardist Andy Stewart bassist “Ian Edwards” and drummer “Mick Neaves”.

The album features a total of 12 songs, each an AOR musical journey at their own right. From the rockier to the more subtle moments, “Undivided” is such a well crafted release that one would almost believe that the guys have been working on it day-by-day for the past 20 years. For that matter, songs like “Without love”, “Lonely without you”, “World keep turning”, “Never together” and “Any time at all” could easily become classics of the AOR/melodic rock genre in the future. If you enjoy AOR mature, powerful, featuring choruses and melodies that you would sing along at any time, then “Moritz-Undivided” is definitely for you.

By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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