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Rob Moratti - 'Renaissance' Hot

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Written by Central Electronic Brain     September 16, 2019    
 
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Moratti knows what he's doing, and he delivers beautifully on this release.

The man many will define as the other voice of Saga is back again and that shows something; he could have thought "that's my shot", but he was around before that and he'll be around after. It's a testament to him and this new album is a rather fine piece of his eventual legacy.

It's pretty standard US Hard AOR to start. 'You Are The One' showcases Moratti's eighties vocal tone nicely before the chorus leaps up a notch and so does his athletic voice. 'Best Of Me' is a huge REO Speedwagon-patterned ballad, while the bubbling 'It's Time To Let Go' is an eighties chart-nestler that's bright and shiny with wonderful synth parps. Elsewhere, they opt to keep those doubled guitars reined in for 'Lift You Up'.

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Of course, this AOR can be ordinary, like the sunny 'Let You In' or 'Mandy Come Home' which is a conveyor belt bouncy rocker, but this is a tiny grouse akin to a spatchcock... or something like that. There's also some cleverness too, that eighties sound is all around us at the moment in both Pop and AOR; look at Fortune, look at A-ha (come away now, that's enough...)

Moratti knows what he's doing, and he delivers beautifully on this release. Saga may well be no more, but Rob Moratti motors on.

Steve Swift

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