“Aptos” is a breezy, sugary confection that does what it is supposed to: deliver sunny Beatle-esque pop with sharp chords, fluid melodies and three-part vocal harmony. It will melt in your mouth quickly and disappear from memory just as fast, but while it lasts, it is a fun record. And it isn’t all Beatles; there are some cool folk-rock touches that, to me, provide more effective chances to use the band’s harmonic chops.
Yet fun defined by silly word-play and arrangements that often tip over the homage line into straight cop has a short shelf-life. True, some of Beatle John’s lyrics were playfully cute and some of Paul’s melodies a bit heavy on the syrup, but neither are excuses for “Little Blue Riding Hood,” “Bed, Bath and Beyond” or the rusty story-song “Henry Alexander.” Didn’t we declare a moratorium on stories about lonely eccentric fops?
Then again, the folkie harmonies of “Heard About You” or the almost-sublime “Pet Sidewinder” are perfect late Spring driving tunes. The Moore Brothers don’t give you much of a sense of their own ideas, but “Aptos” is a fun, wafer-thin mint of a record that may lean too much on dated stylings, but which nevertheless serves up their hero’s ghosts with gusto. 6/10 -- Mike Wood (20 May, 2009)