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|James Barone||Percussion, Drums|
|Alaina Moore||Piano, Keyboards, Vocals|
|Patrick Riley||Bass, Guitar|
|Roger Moutenot||Producer, Engineer|
|Michael Carney||Art Direction|
Posted April 19, 2012
The Black Keys are certainly busy behind the boards these days. Dan Auerbarch just produced a sensational album for legendary New Orleans pianist Dr. John. Meanwhile, Patrick Carney has produced "Young & Old", the second album by Tennis, who are about as different from The Black Keys or Dr. John as you can get. Tennis' first album, "Cape Dory", was like an early 1960's lo-fi, surf-rock throwback. This album is more like 1970's breezy pop with a touch of Shins-style indie rock.
The husband-and-wife team of vocalist-keyboardist Aliana Moore and guitarist Patrick Riley has concocted some very catchy songs that you may find yourself singing after the first listening, such as "It All Feels The Same" and "My Better Self" (a dead-ringer for The Sundays). The group has also added a drummer, James Barone, whose style is very much akin to the gutbucket sound of Patrick Carney. Even when the band gets a little weepy on "Take Me To Heaven" and "Never To Part", they sound happy and optimistic, even though none of the songs on the album runs over four minutes.
Listening to "Young & Old", it's easy to see why some thought The Black Keys were moving away from their gutsy, bluesy sound and towards a more pop feeling with their last album, "El Camino". However, when Moore's fragile voice takes on the bigotted stubborness of the times with the gorgeous Carole King-ish "Petition", it makes you wish Tennis were as popular as Dr. John. Or The Black Keys. Or Carole King.