Review Summary: Plan B uses his superb story telling skills to produce a brilliant album.
Benjamin Drew is back with a brilliant album which will no doubt impress you. He has taken a different approach to this album than he did with 'The Defamation Of Strickland Banks' and takes it to the streets of London. In this album he shows the lifestyle that people in London have to go through every day as he exposes gang life. So, you may be asking 'why is this album so good'?
Its the story telling of Ben Drew that makes this album what it is. In 'Playing With Fire', the best song on the album he tells a story of a helpless fourteen year old who gets involved with the gang life. He exposes how the elder influence the younger generation on bad instances like this. Labrinth brings a brilliant soulful touch to the album too before Plan B ends the song with a bit of singing. Plan B returned to his soulful ways on 'Deepest Shame' he bases it upon the life of a prostitute. He captures the pain that prostitutes go through and that this is a serious matter. 'There's a million other girls just like Michelle' is a line that really shows that he's talking about reality.
But then there are also some points in this album when he really makes you feel the emotions of the characters. The song 'Pity The Plight' is a perfect example. The dialogue from the song are really powerful & actually make them feel there pain. He exposes the consequences of these teenagers decisions. Although, the actual song itself is brilliant I just found that part very memorable. Drew continues his grimy sound with the song 'Lost My Way' where he continues the life of the fourteen year old which featured on 'Playing With Fire'. The darkness in this album is what really makes it unique. Plan B's mix of soul & grime is really something memorable.
As of production, its highly inconsistent in a good way. The instrumental on 'The Runaway' is a completely different sort of feel to the instrumental on 'Playing With Fire' or 'Deepest Shame'. But its the dialogue that really holds this album together & makes this what it is. The screams of a young boy on 'Pity The Plight' or the beating of a young boy next to an estate in 'Drug Dealer'.
So overall, this album is definitely something I'll remember in years to come.
Playing With Fire, Lost My Way, Deepest Shame, The Runaway
Falling Down (If i had to pick one)