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  • Summary: The latest full-length studio release for the British hip-hop artist is his first new album in six years since 2012’s Ill Manor and features no rapping.
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  1. 80
    The album that emerges from all this is both busy to the point of overload and proof of a complex, inspirational figure in full command of his many gifts.
  2. 80
    Drew has always been a superb writer; and working with the likes of singer-songwriter Foy Vance and Kid Harpoon, he amplifies a well-tested formula of meticulous, modern production with retro-sounding equipment, beneath his old-soul vocals that sing about a futuristic, almost alien landscape.
  3. May 7, 2018
    There’s neither the comforting familiarity of The Defamation of Strickland Banks, nor the confrontational abrasiveness of Ill Manors. It feels as though he’s trying to split the difference between them. Lyrically, too, Drew seems less focused. It’s not that he’s shying away from big themes, more that the themes are too big for him to bring his gift for specificity to bear.
  4. They may not have been perfect, but Plan B’s prior albums have never been disjointed. Heaven is. But, by his own admission, this is a songwriter in transition.
  5. Q Magazine
    May 7, 2018
    Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose is a fine record, but the restraint shows. [Jun 2018, p.115]
  6. May 7, 2018
    He delivers an LP of soulful songs with the help of songwriters who have also written for Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran. The result is a mixed bag.
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