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  • Summary: Known primarily as a rapper, Ben Drew releases his soul singer concept album, exploring different sounds and an alter ego.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 18, 2011
    85
    The Defamation is one of those records that's just too easy to love; its best moments are simply undeniable.
  2. Apr 18, 2011
    80
    The rapping hasn't been completely abandoned, but the emphasis here is on his sweet soul voice and a thumping Motown groove, an intriguing change of direction that's both passionate and populist.
  3. On these songs and the anthemic "Hard Times," Drew achieves what's he's aiming for: a gritty urban update on '70s socio-political classics by Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. [May 201, p.119]
  4. And whaddayaknow, this ugly duckling – out of a hoodie and into a tux – turns out to have a fine white soul voice and has followed a record you couldn't bear to hear more than once with a record you'll want to play over and over.
  5. Even if there are occasional flirtations with bland daytime soul sludge, Mr. Strickland Banks is a welcome addition to Ben Drew's beguiling set of alter-egos.
  6. Not a bad record then, but one that's debased by the disappointment of one of the UK's bright hip-hop hopes selling soul rather than surprises.
  7. Apr 14, 2011
    50
    You're advised to ignore the ridiculous plot particulars and concentrate on the album's modest pleasures: chiefly, Plan B's lovely, Smokey Robinson-style tenor and deft melodic touch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 9, 2013
    10
    A very good singer and rapper. This album tells a very interesting story about a soul singer who gets arrested for a crime he did not commit. The album is the perfect soul album and his hip hop fans will like it because he still has some hip hop in there. Another perfect album by Plan B! Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2011
    9
    I very talent singer. I'm impressed. He has a amazing voice. Well produced music and sound. The only negative thing about the album is its ending, but overall, awesome. Expand