Cape Dory

Tennis - Cape Dory
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2011 Ratings: #378 / 922
User Score
Based on 38 ratings
2011 Ratings: #224
January 18, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Cape Dory flawlessly explores this near-universal nostalgia through charming, bright melodies and Moore’s softly shining croon.


What stands out about Tennis’ craft is how the pair packs so much into standard three-minute pop songs, which brim over with observational detail, visceral feeling, and—most of all—stick-in-your-head hooks.

No Ripcord

For a brief thirty minutes, Riley and Moore opt to share a reliable set of savory pop nostalgia.


Tennis, conversely, seem content to hit their marks, replicate an established style, and let the associations that come with a familiar sound do the emotional work.

It’s awfully easy to be cynical about Tennis. They’re ridiculously insistent with that backstory, they shamelessly lean on nostalgia, and most of all, they embody both the early 2010s flash-in-the-pan blog buzz bands *and* the trend of the era where everything sounded like this and was situated near water. If I were an actual critic, I’d probably slap this with a 65 and call it enjoyable but predictable. The thing about “Cape Dory,” though, is that it works. ... read more
This album is how I feel about Best Coast. Cute and simple pop songs made for the summer that lack any interesting substance. With such a short album, Tennis just did not convince me to come back for more. I love the cover art though.

Favourite tracks: Take Me Somewhere, Marathon, South Carolina
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Year End Lists

#41/No Ripcord

Track List

  1. Take Me Somewhere 
  2. Long Boast Pass 
  3. Cape Dory 
  4. Marathon 
  5. Bimini Bay 
  6. South Carolina 
  7. Pigeon 
  8. Seafarer 
  9. Baltimore
  10. Water Birds
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