Cape Dory - Tennis
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Jan 18, 2011
    91
    Nearly everything is likeable and will surely sound even more so come summer, or any other time someone wants to remember what it's like to be young and in love.
  2. 90
    This is a high-personality disc, one that avoids cliches and cheese while also being steeped in tradition and an immense dose of adorableness.
  3. Jan 14, 2011
    90
    Cape Dory is not the kind of album that heralds the emergence of some great new talent, necessarily. It just does what it set out to do, and it does so perfectly.
  4. Jan 18, 2011
    88
    It's this combination of lo-fi sounds and lyrical complexity that makes Cape Dory a great debut record.
  5. Still, beneath all of her oohs and la la, is a dark-blue and starry expedition, a true passion for two musicians that really just permeates straight through the glittering guitars and infectious, harmonized choruses.
  6. Jan 18, 2011
    80
    The story behind Tennis and Cape Dory are nice; the music is better.
  7. Jan 18, 2011
    80
    The mid-tempo neo-doo-wop of "Pigeon" shows what Tennis is capable of with a clearer, well-defined sound, as its syncopated, almost orchestrated touches match and adorn the subtleties of Moore's voice better than anything else on Cape Dory.
  8. Jan 14, 2011
    80
    Cape Dory establishes an enviable fantasy: two lovers happily adrift. Where Best Coast is too cool for school, Tennis seem (almost) too good to be true.
  9. Jan 14, 2011
    80
    Every detail of Ray's second full-length alongside Her Happy Hookers is imparted with vigor--be it her razor-edged howling, or the biting lyrics that comprise them.
  10. Mar 17, 2011
    78
    Engineer Barone could lose a layer or three of vocal gauze from the mix, and a certain She & Him retro preciousness will bother some tourists even though Tennis and Beach House go together like Three's Company, but as a debut, Cape Dory goes swimmingly.
  11. Feb 7, 2011
    76
    There's a bright side to Tennis moving beyond the measures of this LP: while tackling newer songmatter, delving into their return to land, maybe their songwriting habits will similarly shift gears with a degree of scrutiny that steps up to the plate and complements everything they brought to Cape Dory.
  12. Jan 14, 2011
    75
    Don't expect anything in terms of experimentation--this makes stellar mixtape fodder for an indie-pop prom night also scored by Dum Dum Girls and the Morning Benders.
  13. 75
    While the album feels underwritten at times, Tennis' winsome harmonies and reverb-y strumming often recall the charms of early-'60s pop.
  14. Mar 14, 2011
    72
    While tales of the life aquatic are at the heart of this record, there is no denying that they are kept afloat by the youthful earnesty and composure of Moore's vocals.
  15. May 18, 2011
    70
    Cape Dory is a more than satisfactory introduction to the world of Tennis and their travels, and perhaps unintentionally, one of the more unique additions to the current penchant for all things lo-fi in a Spectoresque kind of way.
  16. Jan 27, 2011
    70
    The overall sound may be modest, but in context, will most likely relate with those fortunate enough to live an affluent, fanciful lifestyle.
  17. Jan 18, 2011
    70
    Without doing anything revolutionary--and it doesn't--Cape Dory comes to mirror the leisurely pace of a breezy day at sea, remembered after the fact: the subtle variations, the comforting predictability, the passages of time by turns boring and serenely sweet.
  18. Jan 18, 2011
    70
    Moore's voice isn't huge, but she uses it well, morphing o's into "oh-whoa-ohs" like a siren in a frilly Fifties swimsuit, while Riley's guitar lines sparkle like sun-kissed breakers.
  19. Jan 20, 2011
    62
    So while the record is pretty and intermittently enjoyable, it feels one-note and ultimately flat.
  20. Jun 21, 2011
    60
    Charming but once-paced opener from Denver couple. [July 2011, p. 120]
  21. 60
    A little shade among the sugary rays might not go astray, but maybe that's just the goth in me talking.
  22. May 10, 2011
    60
    Tennis may have sailed a great distance to bring about the inspiration for Cape Dory, but a similarly epic voyage of composition would have yielded far better results here. As it stands, it's remarkably unremarkable.
  23. Mar 9, 2011
    40
    It's relentlessly cloying pop music, and it would benefit immensely if the act would take a step outside their comfort zone into more nefarious territory. [Feb 2011, p.72]
  24. Jan 19, 2011
    40
    That's what Cape Dory will be for many listeners--a toxic sugar rush full of empty calories.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 23, 2012
    10
    Such a great album! Tennis is my favorite spurt and this is my favorite album! Such beautiful music! One of my top 7 albums of two thousand eleven! :)
  2. Jan 27, 2011
    8
    This is a delightful album bursting full of sentiment, a true old school pop album from seriously pretentious rich kids. I love it don't getThis is a delightful album bursting full of sentiment, a true old school pop album from seriously pretentious rich kids. I love it don't get me wrong, they know how to write catchy tunes and the lyrics, while wonderful tunes to put on your next ipod playlist or mixed cd for a sweetheart, should not be critiqued with an ounce of seriousness. I miss the summer but these tracks warm up the frozen wasteland of chicago.

    Buy the album or vinyl it's only 7 dollars.
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  3. Jul 10, 2013
    10
    It's one of those albums where every single song is enjoyable to listen to (especially if you listen to the album in one sitting). It's seemsIt's one of those albums where every single song is enjoyable to listen to (especially if you listen to the album in one sitting). It's seems perfectly effortless and not overly worked. "Pigeon" is one of the most honest love songs I have heard in years. One of my all time favorite albums. If you have not listened yet you must. Full Review »