Considering that Tennis’ debut album is a beach melodies/girl group hybrid of a record, it’s easy to be cynical of ‘Cape Dory’; easier still to not fall head over heels for it, especially if you already own your fair share of Best Coast and Dum Dum Girls. With love out the window, it’s still pretty hard to not at least like these ten tracks, their soppy charm intensified by the fact that Tennis are a married couple. If Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore aren’t still besotted with each other, they’re certainly doing a good job of fooling us here – him with a clean jangle; her with the voice of Ronnie Spector; the pair of them making the kind of gushing Sandra Dee pop from rock’n’roll’s candyfloss age. It’s sweet. The only problem is that while ‘Seafarer’ can be described as sounding “a bit too Pipettes”, little else here can be considered anything other than “nice”.

By Stuart Stubbs

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