Tennis is a true dynamic duo, made up of married couple, Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore. They’ve been a go-to for me for awhile now. Their previous record, Ritual in Repeat, was a blissful listen through. It was frankly impossible to get enough of that record. With their 2017 effort, Yours Conditionally, I think they found something that works and just kept going in the same vein. Their chemistry is always evident in the music. Moore’s gorgeous vocals always complement the guitar, piano, and/or drums perfectly.
I can’t fault them. I’ve never heard a Tennis track I didn’t like. However, I’m usually the first to say I love it when artists get outside of their comfort zone and really experiment and push the envelope, whether it works (Danny Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition) or not (most of Kid CuDi’s work).
We’ve known about this for awhile now – back into 2016 when “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” was released as a lead single. That remains one of my favorite tracks on the album to this day. That track is one of the big reasons Tennis’ new record was one of my most anticipated albums of 2017. Overall, I enjoy the record – frankly don’t know how you could dislike it. However, it’s not one I anticipate myself going back to over and over six months from now. Time will tell though – maybe it will age better than anticipated. Either way, if you’re looking for a groovy album that will make you smile, it’s not a bad place to start.
By: Dylan Swoyer