Bigger, bolder but still retaining an engaging charm, it is a highly impressive melodic triumph.
With a production assist from the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, it’s a grown-up sophomore effort that embraces broader pop sensibilities.
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.
What we get is 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.
The fact that the music is written by two talented people in love is something that can outlast the gimmick.
All things considered, Young & Old is a more mature release which demonstrates that Tennis possess both the wisdom and guile to evolve.
Because the duo is clearly at a new stage in life both as people and songwriters, something just doesn’t add up.
Young and Old is another example of a promising young act that found an audience quickly on the internet before fully coming into its own powers.
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.
It's a more grown up record than their debut, the sound is fuller (Patrick Carney of the Black Keys produced), the hooks are sharper and the percussion beefier.
With a number of bands, like Cults or She & Him, playing a similar type of music and doing it much better, Tennis seemed to have squandered an opportunity to use their big-name producer and create an identity for themselves.
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