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Cape Dory

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Minimalist-inspired, vintage pop. For fans of The Zombies, Jimmy Buffet and Jackie Deshannon
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 18, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 18, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B004E9YBX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael A. Borrowman on July 1, 2011
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I could not agree more with the reviews that talked about how sterile this cd is. They inspired me to look for the original recordings which I found cheaper at the Rough Trade shops website in London, where they sell the cd as put out by Carmen San Diego records. Heavier base and drums and edgier and Alaina Moore's voice blends in perfectly. The album holds your interest throughout, unlike the Fat Possum version which loses it's way halfway through and ends like a dated mid-70s album. Also the latter one shows up the weaknesses of Alaina's singing. The RT version also has a bonus cd of the first 4 singles which are rawer again. The plus of the FP cd is that 'Take me somewhere' and 'Bimini bay' are actually slightly better in that they have a late 50s, early 60s Shirelles type sound.
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By bsturg on January 19, 2011
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This is a great album. It has the airy, summery feel that you would expect from a band that had been out to sea for months on end, inspiring the songs included on this LP. Definitely worth checking out. Plus Alaina Moore's voice is intoxicating.
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This album is pretty sweet. Totally awesome songs, only a few that are weak.
I was totally pumped about this album after hearing their singles this summer. They were the best part of my summer soundtrack. This year's "The Sky was High." The songs were just so chill and poppin'. There was bit of punk and spunk in them. They were lively. Just like the summer.

I was surprised that when I heard them on the album they were remixed in a way that took the punk and spunk out of the songs. It's like they lost all their energy. It was like when you buy that oldies album and you find out the songs aren't by the original artists. It's like they remixed them or re-recorded them to make them sound more "professional." Two songs in particular stood out to me. "Marathon" looses all it pop and brightness. It sounds like mud as compared to the single this summer. The vocals don't float above the music, but are bogged down below it. "Baltimore" also looses it's drum poppin' intro and also sounds like it was dragged through mud. Such a shame. Especially for people who have not heard the singles.

It made me wonder what the other songs on this album that I had not heard yet would have sounded like if they were not blandly produced.

Why did they have to take away the magic and the energy? Are they trying to get on Fallon or something? Was it not their decision or was it some label guy that wanted it more mainstream and less punk?

The same thing happened to Best Coast. They had some sweet 7 inches and I was totally pumped for their debut album. But the magic was gone. The punk and energy was gone. Now Best Coast is like Nora Jones. But she was on Fallon...

So basically...
Tennis, you had some sweet songs.
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Many reviews focus on the juxtaposition of the production found on this album with that found on the previously released singles. I prefer to judge this album on its own merit.

At a recent dinner party while listening to pop music from the 60's and 70's, a guest remarked how they don't make music like that anymore. I refuted the claim and guaranteed she would enjoy "Cape Dory". I put it on, and after a few songs, she wholeheartedly agreed.

In short, the melodies are absolutely infectious and the supporting guitar provides a very interesting texture to accompany the singer's gorgeous voice. There's nothing edgy about these songs, and they aren't meant to be. They are well-crafted pop songs, and that is a quality I admire. While the lyrics are unquestionably insipid, as they simply tell a somewhat uninteresting linear tale as it unfolds - similar to making up an impromptu ditty with your child as you walk around a supermarket (e.g., "there's a can of peas - oh my a sneeze..."), they do not distract you from enjoying the songs, which will echo in your mind for days after listening. The hooks and sounds are somewhat similar to those found in Phil Spector's "wall of sound" productions. In perhaps every song, there are lots of nonverbal vocalizations, with musical leaps spanning several notes, peppering the chorus, which is great since it downplays any import imposed on the unnecessary lyrics. "Cape Dory" is quality pop music.
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This band "Tennis",puts together music that is definitely Alternative, in every sense of the word.Music that you can listen to time,time and again.Finding it new and refreshing at every listening experience.You can't lose a dime, buying this album.At the very least, it will become as popular in your new collection of C.D.s in play, and listening time as any music, you now own and love.
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I decided to try this cd after hearing "Take Me Somewhere" and "Marathon"- both of which I liked alot. There rest of the cd does not disappoint as is often the case which earns it a four star rating. All the tracks have that interesting classic 50's sound combined with a newer Pop sound which makes the whole cd fun to listen to. The cd is a little short though and the recording quality could be better. If you like "Take Me Somewhere" you should like the whole cd.
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