Plan B: Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose
Plan B is back with his fourth studio album and it’s cracking.
Aka Ben Drew, Plan B, first emerged as a hip hop recording artist with his debut album ‘Who Needs Actions When You Got Words’ in 2006.
While the debut didn’t go down well with everyone, with its raw screams of anger and pride from the streets of East London, his second album ‘The Defamation of Strickland Banks’ followed a more soulful vibe.
That was a winning formula, sending him straight to number one in the UK album chart and making him a huge star.
The album told the fictitious tale of a character called Strickland Banks, a soul singer who finds fame, only to have it slip through his fingers when sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Plan B and it’s a welcome return.
From the catchy opener ‘Grateful’, crying ‘What the hell have I got to be grateful for?’ the soulful vibe remains.
‘Queue Jumping’ has a soothing chorus over a baseline that beats in time to a heatbeart, while ‘Wait So Long’ diversifies into a flavour of reggae. This is a brilliant album.
Reviewed by Zoe Myall