Having won over the critics with their debut set, Winnipeg's Paper Moon continue the pop perfection on their latest, albeit with mixed results. Super-tight melodies, lush arrangements and singalong choruses are deployed with a surgical precision that doesn't let up. It's their adherence to structure and form, however, that gives the album a rather sterile and cold feel. Allison Shevernoha's lyrics are direct and to the point: the whole album is like an un-edited letter to a lover. No cryptic metaphors here, just the facts. So when she sings about a train that crosses a riverbed, she means an actual train. As refreshing as this approach is, the slickness of the sounds pulls her courageous frankness into the realm of the mediocre, making it more Cardigans than Cat Power.
Paper Moon float by the Drake tonight (Thursday, February 16).