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  • Artist(s): Patrick Riley, Alaina Moore
  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the indie pop husband-and-wife duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley was self-produced and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer.
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  1. Feb 13, 2020
    80
    An album that recognizes writing about love doesn't have to conform to a tidy narrative to be authentically moving.
  2. Mojo
    Feb 13, 2020
    80
    They're five albums in and they keep getting better and better. [Mar 2020, p.91]
  3. Feb 14, 2020
    80
    Thanks to the life the duo breathed into the album with their dedication and passion, Swimmer should keep fans on their toes for sure.
  4. Feb 14, 2020
    75
    Parts of Swimmer may have been born of adversity, but Riley and Moore come up shining in the end.
  5. Mar 13, 2020
    70
    Swimmer and a few other songs hint at what could have been, only to have the other half of the album play it safe. If only more of Tennis' songs took risks on unexpected palettes of emotion and drew from more complex poetic wells, then they might provide us with something special. Instead, they've created another enjoyable, if a bit rote and predictable album, like a relationship drifting into comfortable and boring domestic habits.
  6. Feb 13, 2020
    70
    Swimmer doesn’t quite reach the peaks of other Tennis albums but is a solid album featuring expertly composed and performed piano pop.
  7. Feb 20, 2020
    69
    Swimmer is mostly sweet and personable. Any listener who’s followed Moore and Riley for five albums running is probably somewhat invested in their relationship, and once again, they’ve rewarded that interest.

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  1. Feb 18, 2020
    10
    the entire album is so warmly immersive. each song has such beauty. Some of their finest and most wonderful work.
  2. Feb 15, 2020
    10
    Amazing package of songs. Every track was built with a nostalgic feeling, by far one of the best albums of the year , and one of the best ofAmazing package of songs. Every track was built with a nostalgic feeling, by far one of the best albums of the year , and one of the best of tennis career. Definitely worth the play . Expand
  3. Feb 20, 2020
    10
    This album is what it sounds like when you have vocal mastery and instrumental mastery and composition mastery paired with beautiful taste.
  4. Feb 14, 2020
    9
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  5. Feb 19, 2020
    9
    Funky, groovy, but doesn't feel trapped in the past in a way albums with this sound often do. Tennis has done it again!
  6. Feb 20, 2020
    9
    sweet, beautiful, dreamy, fresh. a delightful treat for the first year of the new decade, sure to keep the listener warm and welcome them intosweet, beautiful, dreamy, fresh. a delightful treat for the first year of the new decade, sure to keep the listener warm and welcome them into spring. it's just such a pleasant record in every way!
    key tracks: i'll haunt you, need your love, echoes, tender as a tomb, late night
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