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Who Needs Actions When You Got Words [VINYL] [Limited Edition]

Plan B Vinyl
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You never forget your first love. For Ben Drew, there was a brief flirtation with the He-Man cartoon character around the age of six, but the plastic figurines were forgotten a year later when he heard Michael Jackson. Ben loved the videos, loved the voice, loved the dancing and the artful blend of soul, funk and pop. “He was my first idol,” he smiles. “I was obsessed with ... Read more in Amazon's Plan B Store

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Product details

  • Vinyl (10 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000GCG6EQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year? Possibly 6 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
It's dark. It's almost impossible to listen to in places. Yet, you cannot escape. It's almost a morbid fascination that forces you to listen as Plan B drags you into his raw, dark, unforgiving world. The guitar parts he plays bring an original sound to an over-crowded genre, and his delivery suits his lyrics perfectly. Each track is an experience, and the lightest track on the album, "Charmaine", leaves you breathless. Plan B has a real gift for story telling, and you will no doubt be hanging on every word if you make the right decision and buy this album. Quite possibly a modern classic.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive. 18 Jan 2007
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
British hip-hop is - and some could say always was - in dire straits. Never able to match America in quantity or quality of artists, we are left with a handful of visionaries; Dizzee Rascal, Mike Skinner (who's recent album is a joke), Skinnyman. Jamie T, Plan B's nearest contemporary, is another rap troubador with live instruments who moves much further into the realms of other music types than Plan B; Plan B, despite wielding a guitar, sticks more to traditional hip-hop.

The Eminem comparisons are legitimate; Plan B has the same rapping talent (not quite as great), the same vitriol and vicious rhyming, the same twisted sense of humour (right down the genital warts and small penis), and seems to aim to offend; for Eminem, the likes of Christopher Reeve have been his whipping boy. For Plan B, it's Jill Dando. There's even a song about his mother; although it's in sympathy for a boyfriend on drugs, rather than in hatred for herself being on drugs.

However, this does not detract from an impressive debut album. Plan B may not be as original - although there is originality here, which I will get to later - as Eminem is and was, but he is still witty, sharp and brilliant at what he does. Rapping often over his own instrumental samples, he is insulting, profane and wilfully offensive in the way that few rappers outside of Eminem really are.

The bursts of originality, however, show a classic artist in the making. His Britishness, and those urban vignettes, for one, is an advantage. While Eminem would step into his characters totally, Plan B will often sympathise - on 'Tough Love,' for example - or, on 'Charmaine,' allow himself to be victim of catastrophe. He also has his own causes to rant against, most importantly religion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What now? 28 April 2009
By Twig
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album three years ago, having caught Sick 2 Def live, and finding it to contain one of the most powerful and visual lyrics I'd heard in a long long time. The rest of Who Needs Actions was a bit different, more produced, with the acoustic element down in the mix, and all the better for that. The lyrics and the tunes are strong, and they work so well together.

Three years later the punchline to Charmaine still gives me judders, Tough Love confronts issues no one else seems to want to, while No More Eatin' must be one of the most heartfelt and violent tracks ever written. The relationship between his mother and her boyfriend, the relationship between him and his father, the death of a close friend... The album is emotional and honest. I love everything about it - and have been waiting impatiently for a real follow up.

Way back, I read an interview with Ben Drew where he mentioned a project all about a smackhead called David Frost. What's happened to it? Has the idea been shelved? For Plan B, what now? He's got far too much raw talent simply to disappear.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much goodness 21 July 2006
By Dread
Format:Audio CD
Ok, first off this cat has issues. Second, this CD is bangin. Sick, twisted, very tight lyrics and absolutely head nodding beats. One could make very favorable comparisons to established artists, but that would do a disservice to the CD, which is extremely original. So I won't. Anyway, great CD.

As an aside, hailing from the US, I hear A LOT of weak, uninspired hip hop. Tired beats, tired lyrics, tired everything. So it is truly refreshing to hear some originality and imagination coming from the UK. I've been listening to UK hip hop since the Silver Bullet/Gunshot/London Posse days, and it just keeps progressing and morphing in positive ways.

PS: There's still some very good music coming out of the US hip hop underground, by the way. But you have to look for it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Listen- Just Don't Let Your Kids Hear It 12 Aug 2006
By Mr. J. Milton VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to imagine how brutal Plan B's actions might be. Because his words are haunting, shocking and very, very impressive. He's a rapper and he's got that indie touch to him, his acoustic guitar. "Mama" sticks in your head so much that it stays there for days. And debut single "No Good" creates that blend of Uk rap and indie music, it's wonderful to hear.

This is a great, great record. He has obviously had a tough childhood to say the least, but you can feel the passion, feel his heartache. Maybe that's down to the brilliant production, but I reckon the youngster is behind most of it. The actual track "Who Needs Actions When You've Got Words" is the perfect album closer. However tracks like "Charmaine" and "Missin' Links" bring down it's overall rating because they are a bit TOO much. A bit too scary.

It's a brutal, haunting record. Give it a listen, you'll either love it or hate it, but whatever you do, don't let your kids hear it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I purchased this for my son. I am not responsible for his taste in...
I wouldn't listen to this rubbish if it was the last music on the planet. It is rubbish. Believe me no more words are required.
Published 4 months ago by michael Adamson
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm....
I bought Ben's follow up album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, first and thought it was absolutely brilliant. Read more
Published 7 months ago by RN
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, dark and raw, excellent
hard core fans of Plan B will love this but be warned it isn't for the faint hearted! Great album
Published 10 months ago by 808michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Talent
Still lisatening to this one every day! It's addictive I love his style his wit and his storytelling ability Beautiful!
Published 11 months ago by c williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album.
First heard of plan b when his album "the defamation of strickland banks" was out, Wasnt overly fussed on his stuff at that point. Read more
Published 14 months ago by D3RF
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album
Plan B cant do any wrong in my eyes, if your into rap then give this a listen.
Every song is amazing. Just like him :)
Published 16 months ago by Caroline B
5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased
I Was very pleased with my who need actions cd . Everything works good and there is nothing to say bad
Published 16 months ago by andrew mckenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars The language is shocking but it feels soooooooooooooooooooo real.
The language is shocking but it feels soooooooooooooooooooo real.

Ever wanted to get into the head of east end youf? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rosy
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi talented.
This guy displays his skills as a poet, rapper and singer by weaving a story with each track. clever, witty and entertaining. Magic.
Published 18 months ago by Sharon D
2.0 out of 5 stars I'll manors, the prequel.
Childish, rude and un-musical. I really liked ill manors, but by comparison this is just lame. I can see why he shifted a gear to earn some cash with defamation and thank goodness... Read more
Published 20 months ago by C. Grant
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