Moritz - 'Undivided' (Avenue Of Allies) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 31 January 2011 05:00

moritz-undivided176Coming hot on the heels of re-issues such as 'Take Off' from After Hours, Moritz return with their brand new album, 'Undivided', which consists of twelve future AOR classics. The reason I mention After Hours is that, very much like them, Moritz were another promising act from that era. However, after releasing a 7 inch single, a 12 inch EP and countless demos they were never signed... and split in 1988.


However many years later the band released the eight track CD 'City Streets' which included the recordings made back in 1986 and 1988. The CD sold rather well and, inspired by the success, guitarist Greg Hart decided to put the old band back together to take care of the unfinished business of recording a full length album.....which I am currently rocking out to!


The album is totally born of the era when AOR ruled the airwaves, and with the recent resurgence of FM and the reformation of peers After Hours, this album is a must have. AOR classics recorded in the here and now, air guitar solos, Boston-esque harmonies - what is not to love, from the opening vocal of 'Power Of The Music' to the rockier 'Who Do You Run To', and the glorious 'Can't Stop The Angels', with its piano intro and emotional lyrics. Another gem is the Journey-esque 'Without Love' which is a truly fantastic song.


To be truthful, all of the album is great and my only niggle is that whilst the album has been recorded now... it sometimes lacks the punch it so deserves... but that's being really pedantic!