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Aquila Bert
Minority Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
From the way the words read across the spine, I at first thought that the band was called Aquila Bert, and the album was titled "Point". Turns out it's the other way around, unfortunately. I think Aquila Bert would be a cool name for a band. Point seems like a pretty boring, predictable name for a band. Oh well, I guess this is all beside the point, really.

The band is from Prague, and don't exactly have the best grasp of the English language. I've inferred this from some of the more inane lyrics I could make out clearly, i.e. "this place I cannot forget/ smells like strawberries". Depending on how you look at it, this could either be charming or positively irritating.

The band's grasp of American "indie" rock, however, is uncanny. They're actually better at it than most of their genuinely American counterparts, but that's really not saying all that much. This is slick, glossy medio-core, with a "European twist". I really should stop reading bands' promotional sheets entirely, or at least until well after I'm done writing their reviews. Because more often than not, promo sheets (especially the ones with black-and-white photographs of the band members looking oh-so-chic) do little more than make the band look ridiculous. Please, everyone, give these guys the overrating adulation they so desperately crave; I've got better things to do.

Reviewed by Dheeru Pennepalli
A former contributing writer for LAS, Dheeru Pennepalli currently lives in Chicago where he performs music with one of the Matts from Re:Rec in a new duo called A Light Sleeper. One upon a time he was in a band called the Bargos Steeler and wrote songs with multiple titles, such as \"Poof! I Am Now a Firetruck\" or \"2 Robots To Do the Work of 3 Robots\".

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