Tennis – Young & Old

By Erik Myers
Young and Old, the new album from Denver’s Tennis, contends with midlife’s disappointments – an interesting arrival point for a husband-and-wife duo with a debut inspired by a seven-month sea-faring expedition. Losing the excitement of a couple’s best years will inevitability strain the relationship, as singer Alaina Moore muses early on: “We could be good, but we don’t live the way that we should.” But the tension is flattened under the numbing ’60s surf pop aesthetic that is Tennis’ creative clutch, leaving little behind as it sails in and out of the ears. Based on a syrupy mixture of guitar, keyboard and the studied Moore, Young and Old is pleasant enough to arrive at the coffee shops it was aiming for.

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