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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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  • Audio CD (12 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Atlantic / 679
  • ASIN: B00352MEYU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Arriving straight after his fantastic top 10 hit "End Credits" with Chase & Status and impressing Michael Caine with his acting chops in acclaimed British thriller Harry Brown, Plan B AKA 24 Year old Londoner Ben Drew is ready to release what is becoming one of the most anticipated albums of the year.

Produced by Paul Epworth, the studio genius behind recent hits by Florence & the Machine, The Big Pink and Friendly Fires, The Defamation of Strickland Banks is the sound of Motown, Stax and Northern soul, filtered through the grit of contemporary East London.

BBC Review

Plan B, or Ben Drew to avoid confusion with the various other Plan Bs in operation, first emerged to the mainstream in 2006 with the album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words. The Forest Gate fox set out his stall as a – putting it mildly – angry issues-based young man in thrall to Eminem, and would probably have had your eye out if you so much as looked as him funny. This led to an acting sideline in Noel Clarke’s Adulthood, as well as a star turn in last year’s Harry Brown.

Now, a few years on, our Ben has calmed down a bit and returned with a concept album (an accompanying film is in production) that should finally get him known past the gritty urban set, ascending to the national consciousness. The Defamation of Strickland Banks is a story-based soul-up volte-face about a man being wrongly sent dahn, and an album that will see Drew added to the list of artists who’ve delivered not-bad debuts, but amazing follow-ups.

A genuine great leap forward, Defamation is a cracker. The two breakthrough singles lead from the front – Stay Too Long manages to combine the urgency of northern soul with the giddiness of Drew’s breathless rap delivery, and the catchier She Said is a welcome addition to daytime radio. Elsewhere, on Welcome to Hell he trills like a scared-to-pick-up-the-soap-in-the-prison-shower Smokey Robinson, while Hard Times and Love Goes Down are just lovely – anyone operating in the greasy world of pop would give a limb for such songs. Prayin’ could give Amy Winehouse a run for her old soul beehive, and her recent work hovers over most of the arrangements and styles Ben decides to lend his ASBO soul revue. There’s a bit more swearing though, just in case you thought he'd gone totally soft.

Defamation is a great little album which could steer Drew towards being one of the year’s biggest pop stars, and further onto realising his film ambitions. Or, perhaps this is just a side-step for him, and he’ll go krautrock on album three. No matter, if this hasn’t shifted the best part of a million by 2010’s end, then I’ll despair. I really will. Tremendous work. --Ian Wade

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on 11 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I searched for this CD following hearing the track 'Prayin' on the radio. I was hugely impressed by this number but had no idea who the performer was. After having finally discovered the identity of the artist, I did some further research on YouTube. I cannot fully express how good I think this body of work is. It is so refreshing that in this age of manufactured, conveyor-belt, processed pulp, to find that there is a young performer who is offering fresh, thoughtful music. I admit that I am no rap fan, but the quality of the tracks on this CD completely eradicated my fears.
I cannot praise this CD highly enough, every track is high quality and I would urge anyone who may be dithering over this CD to make the leap and invest in it - it will not disappoint!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Noodle on 15 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
I recently purchased this album as a present for my girlfriend as she was a fan of the first two singles.

I had never been a fan of Plan B and after being cajoled into listening to the album I was convinced that my opinion would not change. However, upon listening to the album I was surprised to see that Plan B had written and recorded one of the best British soul albums in recent memory.

Even if you're not sure about Plan B or never liked him before this is well worth a listen. A refined, well-written and emotive piece of work.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By LX Holden on 18 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
To say Ben Drew has gone through an incredible transformation is now almost a cliche, but in simple English there are no other words to explain it. From his debut `Who Needs Actions, When You Got Words' back in 2006, we've gone from the angry, young londoner to a modern, spotless reenactment of one of the biggest musical movements in history.

Concept albums are hard to come by in the world of pop, Mike Skinner only being the notable artist in hip-hop to achieve that, with good effect in `A Grand Don't Come For Free' and whilst the tales of Strickland Banks aren't quite as lyrically moving and mind-blowing, the journey is still a joy to listen to. Following a love-struck fictional man, who ends up in prison has never been so fun and toe-tappingly good.

In his most sucessful release of the album thus far `She Said' captures the pleading of Strickland in a court case, the sound track to that so warmful with the blowing of sax and ever-so-light strings. Prior to that, his next single release `Stay Too Long', upbeat as far as the album is concerned, is a step on from the opening singles `Love Goes Down' and `Writing's on the Wall', almost Lionel Ritchie-esque. To mention these songs in the same breath as such an artist, really is a tribute to Plan B.

It doesn't stop there, further displaying is magical ability to sing as well as spitfire harsh lyrics. `The Recluse' without a doubt, is the absolute pinnacle of his work, instantly launching us into the song title and mesmorising violins. The third single release of the album `Prayin' is another example of his soulful works, eclipsing other attempts to capture the sound of the 60's, from artists `Duffy' and `VV Brown'.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. WATSON on 18 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
I am a massive fan of Plan B's first album and was intrigued to hear that he had completely changed his sound. Make no mistake this is a huge turn in direction, but he delivers his soul voice equally as well as his rapping one. He is obviously a very talented musician - making an album as exciting and high in quality as his first, the fact that he is equal in totally opposite styles is a testament to this talent. I don't understand these people who are knocking him for sounded like Will Young! This is a million miles away from a Will Young album - all the songs center around a bloke put in prison and his fear of being surrounded by murderers and rapists, last time I checked this is not the sort of content on a Radio 2 playlist. Ben Drew has grown up - it would be a shame if he continued to make music about life on a grime estate, the world has opened up to him and his music reflects that. So the people who like to use words like 'Da' in their reviews should let him get paid and let him get laid. How often do we have an a British artist with his integrity enjoying success? He's not Will Young and he's not the X Factor - in a time when the nations dreadful radion stations fill the air waves with total dross we should celebrate him, not bemoan him for moving on. For those who want a top up of the nastier sound to life go listen to Freddy Foxx and Immortal Technique's back catalogue. Let Plan B do his thing and admire him for breaking out of the manor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Woolmore on 21 July 2011
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I purchased this CD and absolutely love it. There are however a couple of tracks which, if there are children around then I skip over, as language isn't suitable for young ears - but that's just to be aware of. Excellent Album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Sadler on 18 May 2010
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I bought this album based on the single "She Said", and on that basis the album certainly didn't disappoint. The tracks have a common theme, and sit together well as an album - but are all different in their own right. There are relatively few albums I am happy to sit down and listen through (the Eeels' "Beautiful Freak", Kanye West's "Late Registration", etc.), but this is one of them.

It is, however, a massive change from his previous album. It changes genre and target audience completely, so if you're a dyed-in-the-wool Plan B fan, there is no guarantee you'll like this at all. Likewise, if hip-hop isn't your thing, this may well delight you.
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