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Mecca – Undeniable [2011]

Well it’s been a very long time coming but the highly anticipated second album from Mecca has arrived and it is another great collection of high quality melodic rock songs. Undeniable is a very well produced album whose sound borrows influences from classic melodic rock bands such as Mr Mister and Toto making it sound more like a really good pop record.

The song styles are varied and the performaces are strong throughout with particularly great vocals from band leader Joe Vana who took the reigns on this one. There are also some big names as far as musicians are concerned with Tommy Denander handling most of the guitars, Tony Levin appearing on bass, and Pat Mastelloto on drums. Highlights include the great first track “Perfect World” that sets the album up with a smooth vocal performance and memorable chorus, the high tech melodic rock style of “Closing Time”, the nice verse grooves of “Ten Lifetimes”, the eighties vibe of “I Know” which definitely borrows grooves from Dirty Dancing, and the Mr Mister vibe of “Did It For Love”.

The album sounds very professional with lots of layered keyboards and guitars and great mixing and mastering by Chuck Macak. The guitar solos from Tommy Denander are insane often sounding like guitar master Steve Lukather. The only minor thing holding Undeniable back from achieving brilliance is that it lacks a bit of intensity in the songwriting. Despite this slight shortfall, Undeniable is certainly one of the best albums in a brilliant year for melodic rock and the album artwork looks awesome.

Band Members
Brian Moritz – Keyboards, Guitars
Joe Vana – Lead & Backing Vocals
Joey Vanna – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Mark Alano – Guitars
Paul Pisciotto – Keyboards
Rick Vitek – Drums
Wally Hustin – Bass

Tracks
01. Perfect World
02. Closing Time
03. Ten Lifetimes
04. Life’s Too Short
05. I Know
06. Did It For Love
07. From The Start
08. Deceptive Cadence
09. W2W
10. Undeniable
11. As I Walk Alone

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