David Browne
June 11, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Chapter 1: A New Beginning

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Capitol

We gave it a B-

If you must be a clone band, better to model yourself after Hanson than the Backstreet Boys, as these four Canadian brothers demonstrate on their debut Chapter 1: A New Beginning. The Day-Glo hooks and sunshiny harmonies of ”Girl of My Dreams,” ”I’ll Be There for You,” and the single ”Until You Loved Me” will make you go, ”Hmm… bop?” But when the Moffatts take cracks at ska, hard rock, or mewling boy-band harmonies, you wish the work-visa regulations were stricter. B-

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