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Moritz - 2017 About Time Too


ARTIST: Moritz
ALBUM: About Time Too
LABEL: Shadows Of A Dream Records
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Pete Scallan - vocals * Mike Nolan - guitar, vocals * Kenny Evans - guitar, vocals * Ian Edwards - bass, keyboards, vocals * John Tonks - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 About Time Too (Intro) * 02 One More Beautiful Day * 03 To The Moon and Back * 04 Chance Of A Lifetime * 05 Dreamland * 06 Forever Is * 07 Take It On The Chin * 08 Run * 09 Love Long Gone * 10 Own Little World * 11 You Don't Know What Love Is * 12 There's Something About (Intro) * 13 Unwanted Man


WEBLINKS: Official Website | FB Page

Followers of late 80's British AOR will remember these guys. Surely? They were around the same time as bands like Briar, Ya-Ya, Torino and After Hours. Since their 1986 arrival, Moritz released one album 'City Streets', then disappeared off the radar for twenty years, resurfacing in 2010 with a comeback album 'Undivided'. The band return in 2017, with an album's worth of material written back in 2013, following that year's third release: 'S.O.S'. 'About Time Too' becomes Moritz's fourth album, and was another to avoid the radar in the press.

The Songs
Departing the band were Greg Hart and keyboardist Andy Stewart, who are now members of popular British band Cats In Space. Moritz now sit comfortably within the classic rock genre, leaving their glam melodic rock pretensions well behind in the past. I think Moritz compare favourably to recent returnees Lionheart. 'One More Beautiful Day' is a good indicator of their musical residence, a moody affair, 'To The Moon and Back' meanwhile will appeal to the AORsters as it touches the fringe of that genre. 'Chance Of A Lifetime' is a highlight, a great chorus and a pumping delivery overall. 'Dreamland' isn't as heavy as the previous tracks, but it has appeal; the vocal harmonies lining up alongside the aforementioned Lionheart like a twin brother. The acoustic ballad 'Forever Is' is pretty cool too.

It's followed by the classic rock rumbler 'Take It On The Chin' with a hefty dose of organ comparable to modern era Uriah Heep. Nice. Not quite at sprinting speed, 'Run' operates more at walking pace, but it is a deep symphonic affair with orchestrated arrangements and thick vocal harmonies. Without doubt, I would say that 'Love Long Gone' is the most AOR oriented track onboard, with some tasty synth parts throughout. Pete Scallan sings it with a bit of attitude. 'Own Little World' is mostly a piano ballad that heavies up toward the end with a cascade of vocals choruses to boot. 'You Don't Know What Love Is' sounds like a re-make of an old 60's or 70's number, though I'm not quite sure. 'There's Something About (Intro)' segues directly into the last track 'Unwanted Man', which is drama filled affair that should appeal to most GDM'ers, especially with those pumping synths set to stun.

In Summary
I actually like this band more than a few other British bands that have appeared on the 2015-2017 timeline. 'About Time Too' is surprisingly good, as I wasn't expecting a great deal with Hart and Stewart's departure. I needn't have worried as Moritz are in fine form. The production is excellent too by the way, that should have this album back on people's hit-list, if they haven't heard it already. Check it out on a streaming service if you can.

Moritz - 2017 Promo

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