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Paper Moon
Paper Moon
One Thousand Reasons to Stay...One Reason to Leave
Endearing


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "Your Thesaurus Won't Help You Now"

Buy me now
If you arrested Velocity Girl's development slightly before the release of Simpatico! and crossed it with erstwhile Montreal act Nerdy Girl, you'd come pretty darn close to Paper Moon. And as neither of the aforementioned bands exists any longer (and neither does Magnapop, etc.), you'll be sort of glad to have Paper Moon around.

That's because, on One Thousand Reasons to Stay... One Reason to Leave, the Winnipeg-based quartet crafts hummable and air-drums-on-the-steering-wheel-inducing pop. The act's sound is bouncy, slightly heavy on guitar and occasionally rocking with roller-rink style synths. Syrupy-sweet vocals, delivered in a high octave by dual female vocalists Heather Campbell and Allison Somers, steer the compositions to inevitable lovelorn conclusions. Melodic harmonies add the icing to the band's pop confection.

Critics might tag Paper Moon with the label of hollow pop, but the band never gets so self-possessed as to really irritate anyone. In fact, there are some heart-felt lyrics here. When Campbell (or Somers -- individual singing credits are not offered in the liner notes) sings "this is me pretending I had what I wanted, and this was you", you can practically see her with her head in her hands, using salt and pepper shakers at the diner to illustrate her point. So, if you're looking to get your hands on a pop record that will let you respect yourself in the morning, Paper Moon have got you covered.



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