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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Denver husband-and-wife indie pop duo features production from Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Jim Eno of Spoon, and Richard Swift.
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Needle and a Knife
She works hard Does it all without complainin' She believes That sacred things don't need explainin' And the mind is elevated Though the body,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. Sep 11, 2014
    80
    When you put together the sympathetic production, the strength of the songs, and the power of the performances, it adds up to another great record by a band whose members are in complete command of their thoughtful, tender, and sneakily hooky sound.
  2. Magnet
    Sep 18, 2014
    80
    Tennis dances easily into the present with an album that pines for more for modern connection than campy reinventions of someone else's love. [No. 113, p.61]
  3. Sep 22, 2014
    80
    With Ritual in Repeat, Tennis have crafted the most affecting record of their short career and purged the emptiness too often lurking behind the facade of similar artists, not to mention their own past work.
  4. Sep 9, 2014
    79
    On Ritual In Repeat, Tennis discovers new capabilities well, and it shows that a record doesn’t necessarily need to have a central theme for it to be an ambitious collection of songs.
  5. 75
    Not every track on Ritual in Repeat reaches the blissed-out fever pitch of “Bad Girls”, a four-and-a-half-minute slow burner that builds to a stunning crescendo, showcasing Moore’s voice to perfection. Even the songs that don’t, however, command their own gravity.
  6. Sep 11, 2014
    70
    As with everything Tennis have done to date, it still sounds very light; the percussion, as usual, is kept unobtrusive, and Moore's vocals never threaten to bubble over into a snarl; you can't help but wonder what they might sound like with the shackles off, but perhaps that's to miss the point.
  7. Sep 9, 2014
    60
    Admittedly, it's an intriguing attempt at reinvigorating an established sound. But far too often it fails to connect, with many numbers drifting out as the feeble efforts of a band that's lost confidence in itself.

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  1. Sep 10, 2014
    8
    With 2013's "Small Sound" EP and the new "Ritual In Repeat", husband and wife retro-pop duo Tennis are sounding more and more confident withWith 2013's "Small Sound" EP and the new "Ritual In Repeat", husband and wife retro-pop duo Tennis are sounding more and more confident with each release. "Ritual" contains a few more melodic gems, namely the briskly paced "Never Work For Free", opening track "Night Visions" and the gorgeous, layered "This Isn't My Song". Lead vocalist Alaina Moore sounds strong throughout, evoking classic 60s girl-group pop in the chorus of "The Needle and the Knife", belting out lines in the doo-wap style "Bad Girls" or channeling Madonna in "I'm Callin'". A solid indie-pop record, marred only by some questionable production choices. Expand