Avantdale Bowling Club
Avantdale Bowling Club


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cherry Pie CONTRIBUTOR (78 Reviews)
September 15th, 2018 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What's life? A magazine.....

A wise man once said in reference to the rap game that “this business is pop charts and who gets the top part” and it’s true, today’s artists are overwhelmingly more focused on producing material that will up their follower count than providing a message or some other more “noble” pursuit of the craft. And honestly, whatever right❓ Times change, tastes change, and people change. Tom Scott however, doesn’t care about his social media presence or his follower count nor does he present his product as some lofty example of hip-hop purity. In fact, near the end of the album he proclaims that he could “give a shit about being the best rapper” and I believe him. Avantdale Bowling Club plays like a diary, with Scott’s thoughts and feelings throughout his own personal journey of growing up laid bare for the audience to experience and feel. What makes this premise so powerful is the authenticity of the presentation. There’s no pretense here, and Scott doesn’t care to exaggerate any part of his story to add any spice to the recipe. And the story isn’t extraordinary in the slightest, we’ve all heard dozens if not hundreds of coming-of-age tales in music in the past but rarely does one come off as earnest and believable as Avantdale Bowling Club.

Part of the reason for this feeling is Scott’s approach to his narrative. While at many times somber, Avantdale Bowling Club is never too maudlin. Scott isn’t seeking pity for his life, he seeks to illustrate it. Much like his regional contemporary Seth Sentry does with humor, Scott takes common, even banal moments and weaves them into reflective yarns thick with adolescent nostalgia and pensive soul searching. A jazz backdrop very reminiscent of To Pimp A Butterfly era Kendrick Lamar adds to the overall mystique of Avantdale Bowling Club. Stand-up bass and the distinctive timbre of a jazz snare dance with saxophones and trumpets throughout much of the album’s runtime, with Scott himself exhibiting an eerily cool and calm aura while delivering his bars. In songs like “Water (Medley)” and “Quincy’s March” Scott flexes his creative and technical prowess both as a rapper and musician. The songs proceed like a series of acts, with distinct endings embedded in the songs paving the way for complete tonal shifts both musically and in Scott’s adroit delivery. It’s a fantastic trick employed throughout the rest of Avantdale Bowling Club as well that allows for Scott to fully realize his vision for each song.

Tom Scott’s diary concludes with an instrumental fade, but the listener doesn’t come away feeling icky for having read it, nor feeling sorry for the man because hell, if you haven’t personally gone through this tale you no doubt know someone who has. But Avantdale Bowling Club isn’t about telling an amazing story, it’s about telling Scott’s story. And yes, some parts may go a little beyond “influenced” by TPAB but jazz rap is rarely executed with such finesse. Hopefully Scott himself found the making of this album as cathartic as it feels listening to it. Hell, imagine him playing it for his child as he falls asleep, now wouldn't that be coming full circle.



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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
September 15th 2018


16125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great jazz rap album. actually curious how people are hearing about this, I rated it one day days after it came out and all of a sudden 11 other people rated it. I hope people like this though.



https://avantdalebowlingclub.bandcamp.com/album/avantdale-bowling-club

Jasdevi087
September 15th 2018


5526 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

keep forgetting we actually have music in NZ

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
September 15th 2018


16125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I resisted calling this kiwi-rap or some such shit with every fiber of my being

dbizzles
September 15th 2018


13153 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like the tags mostly because I like BBNG. Think this is worth me giving it a go, Calc?

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
September 15th 2018


16125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you like BBNG and dont mind some rapping over the top of it yes. I think this is quite good

Panzerchrist
September 15th 2018


416 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heard about this from one of The Needle Drop's facebook statuses. People were begging him to review it so I was like, "Shit, when was the last time I obsessed over a jazz rap album? Clin d'oeil?". Think it's been trending here as well.

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ashcrash9
September 15th 2018


3051 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ayyy glad to see this got a review. As for how we discovered it, a buddy told me about it, not sure where he first heard of it though

Dylan620
September 15th 2018


4829 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Found out about this via RYM; it's on their front page as we speak.



If the first two listens are anything to judge by then this is an AOTY contender

hogan900
September 15th 2018


2941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

YES spread the word!

hogan900
September 15th 2018


2941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Years Gone By is one of the best hip hops dis year by far

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
September 15th 2018


16125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really like water (medley) musically.

dbizzles
September 15th 2018


13153 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Only got to jam about half of this but I enjoyed it quite a bit aside from it giving me financial anxiety lol.

RadicalEd
September 17th 2018


9546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh wow this is really nice.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2018


16125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it is man it is

dbizzles
September 17th 2018


13153 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I jammed this a lot this weekend. Finally got around to reading your review and it is great, btw. You really summed up what I like about the album, particularly in regards to the story and how genuine it all feels.



Mannnnn, something about real drums in hip hop is so satisfying. The backdrop does remind me of TPAB, but Tom's delivery & narrative actually reminds me a lot of early Kendrick, to which I'm much more keen. Really glad this exists.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2018


16125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I appreciate that man, thank you. I gotta take a break from this right now I've listened to it so much and every song except the last instrumental track is over 5 mins. It's def not really a plug n play so to speak.

hogan900
September 17th 2018


2941 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It triggers me how overlooked this is going



mindleviticus
September 17th 2018


9730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea this is sick

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theNateman
September 18th 2018


3643 Comments


This kinda evokes a mix of kendrick and milo or open mike eagle, and since those are some of my favorite MCs, I'm all over it

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2018


16125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not sure i agree with that lol but I think i see what you mean



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