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Defamation of Strickland Banks [Import]

Plan BAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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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 (April 20, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Phantasm Imports
  • ASIN: B00352MEYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

2010 Sophomore album produced by Paul Epworth (Florence+the Machine) from English singer/rapper and follow up to his Top 40 (UK) debut "Who Needs Actions When You Got Words (2006)". Includes the UK Top 10 "Stay Too Long". NME is quoted as"Plan B has transformed himself into a retro soulster with designs on Winehouse's throne". 13 tracks.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Filling the Winehouse-shaped hole in Pop... April 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Ben Drew is Plan B and his sophomore CD "The defamation of Strickland Banks" comprises Motown/Northern Soul-inflected music, in sharp contrast to his Hip Hop/Rap debut.

Making him stand out just that more from a scene already awash with the likes of Daniel Merriweather, Duffy, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and the rest, is his interspersing of verses spoken/rapped in his pronounced British accent, much like fellow Brit The Streets.

The album is a concept album, with each track telling different parts of the tail of some Strickland Banks character who gets locked up for a crime he didn't commit. Drew sings in a throaty falsetto, sort of a cross between Terence Trent D'Arby and Smokey Robinson.

"Love goes down" is an incredibly beautiful ballad with sweeping strings, fleeting horns, and lovely harmonies and it's a deadringer for a Motown classic. Upping the tempo are the organ/horn-drenched "Writing's on the wall" and "Stay too long" (with a Rocky Hendrix feel and rapped bridge).

The lovely "She said" is lilting with parping horns and a rapped section, while the ballad "Welcome to hell" (chronicling Banks arrival at prison) sounds rather heavenly, complete with a choir. "The recluse" is upbeat with a dizzying string section, while "Prayin'" and the horn-driven "What you gonna do" (with rapped verses and euphoric sung chorus) are both retro Soul delights, the latter closest in sound to his debut.

Drew handles his translation with much better aplomb than Lil Wayne did, and the album has already topped the UK charts. This is a delightful change in musical direction that is both passionate and beautiful, and which find Drew a major name at the end of the year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant storytelling at its best!! February 22, 2011
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The sheer talent and vision of Plan B for his Defamation of Strickland Banks is awe inspiring! Each song plays as a chapter in the story of the life of Strickland and what all he goes through. But the best part is that each chapter evolves into the next creating an entire musical (and soon to be released motion picture in the UK) phenomenon!!! It is the best musical journey done by an artist in ages. This is not just a cd of music, this is a work of art and vision with great beat, excellent vocals and the all encompassing talent of Plan B. A very energetic and enlightening listen!! Enjoy!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars modern Smokey Robinson Motown sound... April 10, 2011
By LisaS
Format:Audio CD
A surprising sound from a British rapper - modern Motown melodies delivered with a Smokey Robinson-infused voice. Nice.

The fictional Strickland Banks makes for an interesting story-telling concept that unites all the songs. 'Welcome to Hell' became a quick favorite, followed by the soft rap of 'What You Gonna Do'. That said, I'm not as fond of the rap passages in several other songs, but non-rap fans have plenty to choose from.

Prediction: This new Motown sound would normally have massive mainstream appeal once it reaches American audiences, but the obvious use of the word "f**k" in certain songs will be a barrier for some (it's not overly used, but definitely present). Despite the sweet Smokey voice and amazing Motown-inspired tunes, don't forget that Plan B is still a rapper...a multi-talented rapper/singer/songwriter with a highly enjoyable album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Fusion April 28, 2011
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I never heard of Plan B so after a NPR interview I was fascinated to check it out. The album has not disappointed. Concept albums go back to the days when music singles could not be cut out of a larger plan. Start to finish you feel the story and appreciate the stew created from hip hop, rap, soul, R&B and techno. Musical stew like this is even better the second time. For me, it is tracking up on the number of time played on my ipod. Unique music from the UK has opened up a new world for me and when an artist can do that I start sending to my friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literally addictive April 15, 2011
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Simply put....if I could create a sixth star to give this album I would. It is inventive and addictive. I am in love with this album. Buy it and listen to it start to finish. Each song by itself is amazing...but when put together, tells a story that is like reading a book you can't put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice change September 20, 2010
By K. Cole
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I saw the She Said video on you tube and decided to buy this. I'm glad I did. I can't wait to see what he does next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cd you can listen to the whole way through! July 26, 2010
By Heather
Format:Audio CD
This album offers something for everyone! It has influences from rock, R&B, rap, and alternative. The songs seem to interconnect and tell a story, which helps them all flow together. It is truly a cd you can pop in and listen to the whole way through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The solo effort `Who Needs Actions When You've Got Words' from British musician Ben Drew, aka `Plan B' flashed major talent but somehow failed to resonate. `Charmaine' stood out, as Drew told the tale of falling for a 14 year old, channeling Musiq's classic `Seventeen'. Though lacking the craftmanship of `Seventeen', `Charmaine' is a a heart felt tale of instincts betraying morals of the sort that usually is found only in the finest of literature and rarely found in song. Despite such moments of gut wrenching storytelling, there were a lot of segments to `Who Needs Action' that fell apart as forced and cliche . . . resoundingly feeling inauthentic.

Shortly thereafter came Plan B's `Paint it Blacker' mixtape that led the listener to believe the larger process of melodic songwriting may have been Drew's primary holdback, as simply sitting back and bussin' rhymes over heavy samples allowed him to shine through strongly. As brilliant as the mixtape was broadly, near the end of the mixtape was a genuinely raw and soulful rape and murder ditty called `James Brown is Dead' that displayed a vocal range not effectively used from a male performer since Remy Shand. Clearly . . . HOPEFULLY . . . far from a truthful tale, `James Brown is Dead' still shone off as incredibely, eerily, genuine. The type of track to throw the listener's perception of Drew for a loop. Was Plan B a potentially great MC or was there a more transcendental musician lying underneath the surface dying to get out? The question would soon enough be answered.

`The Defamation of Strickland Banks' is an entirely fictional account wherein Drew enacts the persona of a felon soul-singer chasing redemption and forgiveness of the highest order, intimate cries intended only for the mirror and God.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Defamed
What an amazing cd! The flow and story from first song to last - brilliant! Truly a gifted singer, writer and storyteller. Look forward to more.
Published 3 months ago by Ebg
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I love this CD. Its so soulful and I can listen to it over and over again. Its just a bonus that the CD tells a story. I am extremely happy with this purchase.
Published 8 months ago by CVal27
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed Opportunity For A "Heartbreaking Work Of Genius"
Ironically enough, it was a reality show that helped me make the link to Ben Drew and "Plan B", as well as this remarkable album. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C.T. Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storytelling with honest lyrics
A Funk Brothers and Smokey Robinson inspired sound or basically a tribute. A must-have album and it is good to experience the music alongside the videos (in chronological order) on... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Music Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars fun ablbum
i first heard this band play the song "she said" on the mtv music awards several years back and finally decided to buy an album. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eric in CT
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Music, Poorly Produced
While I'm not in love with every song on this CD, there are several that are excellent such as Love Goes Down, She Said, and Welcome to Hell. Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by Midwest Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
This CD is such genius that I can't imagine how everyone in America has not yet discovered and recognized its genius. Read more
Published on January 28, 2012 by G. Paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Talent!!!
Great CD.....fantastic song after song! Smooth on the ears while being up beat and fun..very evolved! Would recommend this album to anyone!
Published on September 6, 2011 by Danielle N. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
I've been a fan since last summer when I heard She Said on the radio in Europe. Love the story style album, love the music.
Published on August 12, 2011 by T. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars great album
Amazing blend of soul and hip-hip.
Mixing 50's style doo-wop and rap in some of the songs is quite brilliant. Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by M. Witcher
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I wouldnt hold your breath, im getting really fed up with itunes not carrying the music I want, how hard can it be to have it available in the 21st century to sort out the licences? Surely they want to sell the bloody stuff to us. I ended up getting the Plan B album and another couple sent to me... Read More
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