Classic Review : All Balls Don’t Bounce in URB (1995)

Review of Aceyalone first solo album penned by Dave Tompkins, from URB, summer 1995.

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Categories : Dave Tompkins, Review, Good Life.

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4 Responses to Classic Review : All Balls Don’t Bounce in URB (1995)

  1. charlie says:

    you should put up the source one too where they straight front on acey. anyway, good look on this post; i’ve never read this before. what

  2. SLurg says:

    I don’t even remember their review but I remember the one they did for Acey’s masterpiece Book Of Human Language with a terrible rating (2.5 I think).

  3. noz says:

    “”All Balls Don’t Bounce, the debut from Freestyle Fellowship’s Aceyalone, isn’t an album that will have heads bobbing unconsciously, but that’s probably because the listener will be trying too hard to focus on what Ace is saying. He proves he is a lyrical wizard, and when it comes to rapid fire delivery and flippin’ phrases he can’t be touched. It all stems from the clarity in his delivery, which is evident on tracks like “Anywhere You Go,” where Ace lets wack MCs know there is no escape, and “Mr. Outsider,” where Ace attacks society and the environment and reminds us that the Black man is still on the outside.
    “Arhythmaticulas” is a track that’s full of quotables but giving an example is difficult since every aspect of the verses is connected in some way. “Annalillia” lets Ace’s storytelling ability shine as he discusses an encounter with a female. Luckily, the butter smooth production helps tune out the corny chorus. Another highlight is “Keep It True,” a mellow track with Ace’s man Abstract (not to be confused with Q-Tip) where they do exactly what the title says.
    The remainder is lyrically on point but an aura of corniness weaves its way throughout the album (“Headaches & Woes”), or Ace just goes too far into space (“Greatest Show On …”). The production remains plain and laidback, which complements Ace’s flow. There aren’t any catchy sing-a-long hooks or beats made to roll to – instead you get thought-provoking lyrics more complicated than calculus. The jazzy beatnik production never fully grabs your attention, so there is no choice but to focus on Aceyalone.” — 3 Mics, RAYMOND “DA ILL MANTIS” CUNNINGHAM, The Source, 1995

  4. Chronwell says:

    I still throw All balls.. in!HAHAHAHA!! Nah, this album took like 8 years to grow on me.IMO on the same level as Amerikkka’s Most… seriously both are tremendous LA rapper classics.Love It!

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