Tennis - Young and Old

May cause a serious outbreak of happiness
Tennis - Young and Old
The Denver combo’s second long-player is an endorphin rush of smart, soulful pop. Recorded with The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney in Nashville, ‘Young And Old’ builds on last year’s ‘Cape Dory’ adding a full band vibe to their previous bedroom recordings. The songwriting is top notch. ‘Dreaming’ is exquisite; Aliana Moore’s breathless vocal plays kiss-chase with a succulent melody and a swirling beat. ‘My Better Self’ tries to be maudlin, but only succeeds to out itself as a masterpiece of synth-pop, while ‘It All Feels The Same’ is shameless ear-candy. Warning: listening to this album may cause a serious outbreak of happiness.

8/10

Words by JOHN FREEMAN

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