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Album Review

After jumping from the label that discovered them (Fat Possum) to Ben Lovett's (of Mumford & Sons) Communion Music, the husband/wife duo Tennis released their most direct and well-produced record to date. Small Sound is a five-track EP that refines their indie pop meets doo wop sound into something very accessible but still with some mystery around the edges. Riding the powerful vocals of Alaina Moore and delving into soft rock soul, first track "Mean Streets" is a finger-snapping groover that sounds like something out of the Brenton Wood catalog and may well have listeners reaching for the repeat button. Those who keep going will find four more gems that sparkle and shine, benefiting from the polish they've had loving applied to the surface. Fans of their earliest recordings may find that the lack of woozy textures means the band is less interesting, but they'd be overlooking how strong the songs are and how powerful the vocals are when surrounded by less junk. Besides, they haven't become Maroon 5; there's still enough lo-fi weirdness in the mix to grab and hold listeners who like a little off-kilter hook to go with singalong choruses, rattling drums, and heartfelt emotion. Ultimately though, anyone holding on to Tennis and hoping they'd stay underground has to admit that it's time to let them go. Small Sound proves they are ready for the big time and as long as they stay this good, maybe they'll show the masses a thing or two about how to make pop with a big sound and a true heart.

Customer Reviews

Same Sound

Just a great album, simple as that.

Still the same, great Tennis sound, with a definite hint of maturation and refinement; expertly honing their trademark poppy melodies, hooks, and lyricism.

A sure please for any Tennis fan.


Best tennis album yet. I am in love. The the more you listen the more you love them and catch the intricacies of the music.

Tennis does it again!!

Many bands these days are finding it hard to keep their music new and exciting. Tennis proves that they are in the music scene to stay! I have listened to this EP with nothing but joyous reactions. I have been disappointed by many of my favorite bands recently. Tennis has proved that they had staying power. From Cape Dory to Young and Old, I was wondering what was in store for them in the future. I am glad to say that this EP has convinced me they will continue to make incredible music. I love to hear them maturing while staying true to themselves. Rock on Tennis


Formed: 2010 in Denver, CO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Tennis are an indie pop duo comprised of husband and wife Patrick Riley (guitar, keyboards, production) and Alaina Moore (vocals, keyboards). They met while students in Colorado, and after graduating college they bought a sailboat and spent seven months sailing along the Eastern Seaboard. Post-adventure, they moved back to Colorado, and after getting settled began recording songs that had a modern lo-fi feel but a sweet '50s pop heart. The songs were inspired by their trip and the discussions they...
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