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  • Summary: 'Actions' is the first album for UK grime artist Plan B (aka Ben Drew), who has drawn comparisons to both Eminem and The Streets' Mike Skinner (which often happens when you are white and kinda rap), although his music is more eclectic than either of those artists.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. You would call Drew the most exciting rapper Britain has produced since Dizzee Rascal, if that didn't sound like such faint praise.
  2. It's [his] spin on social commentary that singles Drew out. [Jul 2006, p.116]
  3. This is a valuable record from a troubling and potentially vital new voice.
  4. B continues to acquit himself admirably on purely technical terms, wrapping a slow, slithering tongue around the quick stabs of his guitar.
  5. 70
    Its sound remains as confrontational and as provocative as its content. [Aug 2006, p.103]
  6. There's more fear and loathing on Ben Drew's first album than in a year's worth of Daily Mail headlines.
  7. Much of the CD is pretty unpleasant, with bleak music that sounds less than innovative and a load of self-important shock rhymes that try too damn hard.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. theheat
    Aug 15, 2006
    What a amazin debut album from ben drew, lyrically stunning every track is pure fresh uk talent can't stop lisenen to his unique take on urban life - all you haters are just jealous of this boys skillz, this cat is nothing like eminem - what because hes white and raps? eminem is kosha but when did he last cut a track strummin a guitar and soulful singing? if your a tru fan of quailty, uk hip/hop go buy this album NOW believe Expand
  2. asas
    Sep 14, 2006
    This is an amazing album!!!!!!! You could never mistake Plan B's talent for Eminem, some of you need to chill out and listen to his lyrics and how he is talking about real issues, they do happen don't be so closed minded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  3. simong
    Oct 13, 2006
    This is the best thing i've heard in a long time. It's utterly amazing. I just hope it keeps on coming!
  4. SimonP
    Jul 4, 2006
    This is one of the best hip hop albums I've heard in years, and anyone who finds his lyrics offensive are clearly missing the point. Also, comparisons to people like Eminem and Mike Skinner couldn't be any lazier. Expand
  5. JackPumpkinKing
    Sep 25, 2006
    Anyone who shrugs this album off as being an Eminem clone has obviously heard some of the content clocked the fact that he's white and made a snap judgement. If you took two minutes to listen to the lyrics you would hear him scold youths for taking drugs and finding guns cool, both things Eminem has been accused of promoting. If you don't like the songs don't listen to them. But don't go around half cocked talking about copying someone else you cunts. Expand
  6. PatrikE
    Jul 24, 2006
    A powerful and emotive piece of work. It packs a punch and having seen him live it's safe to say he's the real deal. You've got to at least give it a listen. Expand
  7. mikeskinner
    Jun 30, 2006
    what a loser. this guy thinks he is eminem. totally bit slim shadys style. most unorigional music ive heard.

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