Monday, August 24, 2009

Review -- PAPERMOON -- Only During Thunderstorms

ONLY DURING THUNDERSTORMS
Papermoon
Endearing Records
8-out-of-10
Well there is no denying Papermoon has a sound which stands out just a bit from the norm, and that is simply because of the lead vocals of Allison Shevernoha. She has a voice you will remember even after hearing the lead cut Cambridge Canal.
Of course this Winnipeg-based band has a decidedly female tilt to it, with Nikki Taylor adding piano and back-up vocals and Leslie Oldham mirroring that contribution as well on the CD.
The female vocals generally give a rock band a different feel from the average and in the case of Papermoon they put up a definitely memorable sound because of Shevernoha and company.
In some regards I am reminded of Lulu from the movie To Sir With Love when I listen to this CD, partly because of Shevernoha's voice, and in-part for the style of music.
As for being a rock band, Papermoon is on the softer side of the spectrum for sure, but then again they are certainly in the mileau, but remember the thoughts of Lulu.
The lyrics and the music are generally toe-tapping, light, fun, generally enjoyable.
Remember this is not rock with walls of guitars and crashing drums. Yet there is a definite energy being generated here.
There are several songs here that are certainly a nice fit for middle-of-the-road radio, including The Space Where Your Paintings Once Hung and People Were Talking But Now They Are Forgetting.
Overall this CD works for me. It may be the female vocals that just give it a bit different sound from most bands, but hey it works. You will need to enjoy softer rock for Papermoon to work for you, but if you do, then this is a must pick up.
Check them out at www.papermoon.ca

-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 12, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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