Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. Mojo
    Feb 13, 2020
    80
    They're five albums in and they keep getting better and better. [Mar 2020, p.91]
  3. Feb 13, 2020
    80
    An album that recognizes writing about love doesn't have to conform to a tidy narrative to be authentically moving.
  4. Feb 14, 2020
    78
    No matter what life throws at them, Moore and Riley are a safe harbor for one another, just like their music is for anyone who’s a romantic at heart.
  5. Feb 14, 2020
    75
    Parts of Swimmer may have been born of adversity, but Riley and Moore come up shining in the end.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Uncut
    Feb 13, 2020
    70
    Moore's delicately stylish piano lines and Liz Fraser-style vocal hiccups combine seductively. [Mar 2020, p.37]
  9. 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.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 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!
  2. Feb 18, 2020
    10
    the entire album is so warmly immersive. each song has such beauty. Some of their finest and most wonderful work.
  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.