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Classic Album Review: Paper Moon | One Thousand Reasons To Stay … One Reason To Leave

One beloved Winnipeg indie-pop group evolves into another.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


American lives might not have second acts, but Paper Moon are proof that Canadian pop bands certainly can.

A couple of years back, most of this co-ed quartet were in B’ehl, a beloved Winnipeg outfit that put out two superior albums, Bright Eyes and Only A Paper Moon. Now regrouped with one new member — and adopting a name that openly acknowledges their past — they pick up where they left off with the beguiling debut One Thousand Reasons To Stay … One Reason To Leave. Jangly female-fronted indie-pop is once again the order of the day, as the four bounce and strum their way along through a sunshiney world of spry beats, spun-sugar melodies, broken-hearted lyrics, vocals that channel the spirit of Juliana Hatfield and harmonies so bright they should wear sunglasses when they play. When you add it all up, that’s more than enough reasons to stick around for their next act.