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If Tennis’ debut album, Cape Dory, was a narrative of a specific time and sensation, the Denver group’s follow-up, Young and Old, is its antithesis. The new disc, recorded in Nashville with Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, embraces a grander landscape of ideas and feelings, revealing a riskier, looser version of the band.

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  • Audio CD (18 Jan. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Relativity Entertainment
  • ASIN: B004E9YBX0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Apropos of seemingly very little other than boredom and disillusionment, husband-and-wife duo Tennis (otherwise known as Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore) decided to buy a boat and skirt around the Atlantic coastline and write songs about it. What we might reasonably expect, then, is an epic tale of seafaring derring-do, of shanties and odes dedicated to the deep; but Cape Dory is actually a rather more poppy, peppy affair. It sounds like a recipe for success in the vein of the vastly underrated Australians Antarctica Takes It!, with a healthy dollop of wall-of-sound slush, but in reality much of Cape Dory is too reticent and not catchy enough.

That’s not to say it’s without its moments (the blogs-in-a-frenzy breeze of Marathon is particularly fine), but there’s a distinct lack of anything especially memorable. The encouraging lilt of opener Take Me Somewhere is a perfect example – a keening and irresistible backing of choppy guitar and drums is rendered far less effective than it should be by an uninspiring vocal melody. Even a tempo change at the halfway point that ushers in a surf-pop extension can’t do much to make it more tolerable, and we’re left with a husk of a song that needed more work, or at least more weight, applied to the vocal.

Where, say, Beach House take the tenets of Spector-esque pop and amplify them to their own psychedelic ends, Tennis are content with merely aping its tropes. Aside from the aforementioned Marathon and the dreamy Bimini Bay, there’s a real paucity of rewarding work here. It’s competent, but ultimately rather unchallenging stuff – not that being challenging is a sure-fire way to rewarding pop music – that could’ve been improved by simply being sat on for longer. This may not be the case, but so many melodies here sound as if they were tried once, seen to fit and then finalised which, despite what the immediacy of pop music has taught us, is not always the best method.

Tennis may have sailed a great distance to bring about the inspiration for Cape Dory, but a similarly epic voyage of composition would have yielded far better results here. As it stands, it’s remarkably unremarkable.

--Daniel Ross

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By No Name on 2 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For me, an American movie lover is a compilation of music that reflects just that.Travelling between states.poor quality of sound though.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MarkyT on 15 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a superb first album with a great mix of folk, bluegrass and pop. The easy straightforward lyrics are enhanced and complemented by the excellent track music.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic! 20 Jan. 2011
By bsturg - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album. It has the airy, summery feel that you would expect from a band that had been out to sea for months on end, inspiring the songs included on this LP. Definitely worth checking out. Plus Alaina Moore's voice is intoxicating.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Better recording can be found. 2 July 2011
By Michael A. Borrowman - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I could not agree more with the reviews that talked about how sterile this cd is. They inspired me to look for the original recordings which I found cheaper at the Rough Trade shops website in London, where they sell the cd as put out by Carmen San Diego records. Heavier base and drums and edgier and Alaina Moore's voice blends in perfectly. The album holds your interest throughout, unlike the Fat Possum version which loses it's way halfway through and ends like a dated mid-70s album. Also the latter one shows up the weaknesses of Alaina's singing. The RT version also has a bonus cd of the first 4 singles which are rawer again. The plus of the FP cd is that 'Take me somewhere' and 'Bimini bay' are actually slightly better in that they have a late 50s, early 60s Shirelles type sound.
26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
What happened to the spunk of the originals? 20 Jan. 2011
By All Over the Owrld - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is pretty sweet. Totally awesome songs, only a few that are weak.
I was totally pumped about this album after hearing their singles this summer. They were the best part of my summer soundtrack. This year's "The Sky was High." The songs were just so chill and poppin'. There was bit of punk and spunk in them. They were lively. Just like the summer.

I was surprised that when I heard them on the album they were remixed in a way that took the punk and spunk out of the songs. It's like they lost all their energy. It was like when you buy that oldies album and you find out the songs aren't by the original artists. It's like they remixed them or re-recorded them to make them sound more "professional." Two songs in particular stood out to me. "Marathon" looses all it pop and brightness. It sounds like mud as compared to the single this summer. The vocals don't float above the music, but are bogged down below it. "Baltimore" also looses it's drum poppin' intro and also sounds like it was dragged through mud. Such a shame. Especially for people who have not heard the singles.

It made me wonder what the other songs on this album that I had not heard yet would have sounded like if they were not blandly produced.

Why did they have to take away the magic and the energy? Are they trying to get on Fallon or something? Was it not their decision or was it some label guy that wanted it more mainstream and less punk?

The same thing happened to Best Coast. They had some sweet 7 inches and I was totally pumped for their debut album. But the magic was gone. The punk and energy was gone. Now Best Coast is like Nora Jones. But she was on Fallon...

So basically...
Tennis, you had some sweet songs. Why did you have to go and make them all wack? Believe in yourself. Don't try so hard to fit in. You were beautiful like a bird. Now you sound like all the rest. Go on another boat trip and reflect on your mistake. And never make it again.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely terrible production ruins enjoyable beach pop 4 April 2012
By A Student - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'll keep this short and sweet. Whoever was in charge of production on this album should be put in the stocks. There's so much high end removed from the vocal (presumably for a "retro feel") that it sounds like tar. There's no crispness whatsoever to the vocals, it's all been chopped out. The instruments sound flat and almost fake as well.

I dearly wish somebody competent had mixed this album. One can have one's beach pop and hear it, too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
awesome 18 Dec. 2012
By blank - Published on
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
this is a great album and even better on vinyl. Nice mellow jams and kind of surfy. But i knew that before i bought it.
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