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The Defamation of Strickland Banks [Deluxe Edition] Deluxe Edition

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  • Audio CD (12 April 2010)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0039NM6RA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,683 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love Goes Down
  2. Writing's On The Wall
  3. Stay Too Long
  4. She Said
  5. Welcome To Hell
  6. Hard Times
  7. The Recluse
  8. Traded In My Cigarettes
  9. Prayin'
  10. Darkest Place
  11. Free
  12. I Know A Song
  13. What You Gonna Do

Disc: 2

  1. Verses
  2. Spend My Money
  3. Prayin' (orig demo version)
  4. She Said (Live at Café De Paris)
  5. Welcome To Hell (Live at Café De Paris)
  6. Stay Too Long (Pendulum mix)
  7. She Said (Shy FX mix)

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Product Description

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.

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The Defamation Of Strickland Banks, the second LP from Forest Gate-bred singer/musician Ben Drew, will be a surprise for anyone who spent meaningful time with his 2006 debut Who Needs Actions When You’ve Got Words. That album cast him as a potty-mouthed rapper, threatening to stab you with a biro over choppy acoustic guitar. Now, following a quick makeover, he re-emerges as blue-eyed soul singer, fronting a suite of bittersweet love songs steeped in vintage Stax and Motown. What might seem a rushed rebranding makes more sense if you know a little about Drew's creative drive, though; obsessed with cinema and narrative, Plan B is a storyteller at heart, and …Strickland Banks' songs trace a tale through the London underworld, Drew playing a soul singer from the East End jailed for a crime he didn’t commit. It's a concept that works, thanks largely to Drew’s voice--surprisingly strong, and more than capable of handling everything from upbeat Northern soul to fraught numbers like "Welcome To Hell". The narrative never overwhelms the quality of the songs, though, and for anyone disappointed such an impressively angry man has gone a bit Paolo Nutini on us, there's the occasional rap delivered with anger more savage for its infrequent deployment. –-Louis Pattison


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