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  • Audio CD (12 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Atlantic / 679
  • ASIN: B00352MEYU
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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.

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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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A very different beast to the first album - less rhymes, less aggression and - to my mind - less authenticity.

Sickly produced, but possibly overly so, Defamation seems to contain more crooning than it does rapping
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Great album. I believe the accompanying film would have been successful judging from the songs and the story they create. It's got an underlying soulful sound although it's broader than that With rock elements.
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I feel sorry for Plan-B... as it's going to be hard to top this album! It's such a mature sound and has a timeless feel to it.

Your collection isn't complete without it
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my daughter loves the album very pleased with it
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Plan B. Amaizing.
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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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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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I bought this not really knowing what to expect. I tend to really only listen to music on my Ipod in the gym and have not listened to much else since I bought this six weeks ago.

It is a concept album, where Plan B tells the fictional story of Strickland Banks, a soul singer who is wrongly imprisoned for a crime- I think it must be murder because he describes a fella getting hurt, but the crime is never explicitly referred to.

The album is basically Northern Soul type music with some rap and ballad thrown in.

It is without doubt absolutely phenomenal. It is true to say that there is not a bad track on the album.

It opens with the up tempo 'Love Goes Down' and 'Writings on the Wall'. The highlight for me though is 'Stay Too Long' which basically is about how he stays too long at parties and then gets into his spots of bother. It is such a driving tune, that then hits you with some short spells of aggressive rap. This may not be a great sounding description, but trust me, it works. It did well in the charts in its sanitised version but this is better.

'She Said', the fourth song on the album was the other big hit in the charts.

I particularly like a track called 'The Recluse' which tells the story of when 'Strickland Banks' was imprisoned and was too frightened to come out of his cell. This track in particular makes amazing use of strings.

If there is a fault with the album it is that it could have done to have been longer to properly explain the story, but apparently there is a reason for this.

Plan B - real name Ben Drew- originally started his published music career with a hard rap album called 'Who Needs Actions When You Have Got Words'. This current album was therefore a total change in direction for him.
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