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Young & Old


Young & Old

Second album of fuzzed surf pop from husband and wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys

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  1. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Bigger, bolder but still retaining an engaging charm, it is a highly impressive melodic triumph
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  2. 8.0 |   The Fly

    With the wind still in their sails, Tennis have smashed another winner
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  3. 7.5 |   Prefix

    Young and Old may not be of the moment, it may not be sophisticated, it may not be ground-breaking, but it’s a record that’s hard to turn off once you put it on, and sometimes that’s all it takes
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  4. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    A grown-up sophomore effort that embraces broader pop sensibilities
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  5. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It might take a while to find the precise percentage of cute in the mix, but it’s a process worth listening through
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  6. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A set of sun-soaked, shimmering indie pop songs that is sure to appeal to girls (and boys) who want to be Zooey Deschanel
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  7. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Tennis have built on the default indiepop repertoire they performed on Cape Dory, exploring more soulful, sassier sounds to give their songs much-needed colour and energy
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  8. 7.0 |   NME

    A rather good second album that contains some of the brightest and jolliest music you’ll have heard since the last time the world slid into the abyss
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  9. 7.0 |   BBC

    A collection that feels fresh and clean, uncomplicated by over-thinking
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  10. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Flawed as Young & Old may be, there are some great moments
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  11. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    You can’t escape the sense that with a little more variety their releases would go even further, both on record and in a live setting
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  12. 7.0 |   DIY

    As charming, sweet and do-woppy as the previous effort, but with an added edge which keeps most skeptical feelings of anti-romantic nausea at bay. Tennis have served up an ace
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  13. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    A collection of snapshots of love, loss and inertia which replace the naive magic of Cape Dory with a subtle anxiety and imbue the album with honesty without forgoing charm
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  14. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    An incredibly good time
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  15. 6.7 |   Paste Magazine

    The album plays with a pretty similar musical palette to Cape Dory’s—jangly guitars, piano, organs and surf-pop drums continue to take the lead
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  16. 6.5 |   Bowlegs

    Criticisms are hard to find – perhaps Moore’s sweetheart voice could be clearer, and perhaps the album could have been longer than thirty-minutes in total – but Young and Old is a definite improvement on Tennis’ first offering
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  17. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    Another example of a promising young act that found an audience quickly on the internet before fully coming into its own powers
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  18. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Even at their best, Tennis's music seems inconsequential and frankly, neutered
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  19. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Stylish, retro arrangements. Print edition only

  20. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Ultimately, Young and Old does feel a bit like the work of a band that’s doing something new because it’s supposed to be doing something new
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  21. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Surfy organ pipes and confectionary ooh-oohs get toughened by garage-rock production from the Black Keys' Patrick Carney
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  22. 6.0 |   Q

    Constant stream of deftly-executed melodies. Print edition only

  23. 4.0 |   AU Review

    The record sounds bored with itself towards the end; the listener tends to agree
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  24. 3.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    Tennis seemed to have squandered an opportunity to use their big-name producer and create an identity for themselves. The result is an album that is still adrift at sea, unaware of the musical landscape around them
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