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The Defamation Of Strickland Banks

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The Defamation Of Strickland Banks

Concept album about a soul singer from acoustic rapper Ben Drew

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679/ Atlantic
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  1. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Q

    Drea achieves what he's aiming for: a gritty urban update on 70s socio-political classics by Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    As successful as it is ambitious. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The next album? Could be reggae, could be dubstep. For now, though, this Plan B is the best one to stick to
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  5. 8.0 |   The Times

    One way or another, single by single if necessary, The Defamation of Strickland Banks will come and find you.
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  6. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    The rapping hasn’t been completely abandoned, either, but the emphasis here is on his sweet soul voice and a thumping Motown groove
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  7. 8.0 |   The Sunday Times

    Few concept albums stand up to close scrutiny, relying instead on the songs to distract you and cover up the cracks. In this department, Drew excels
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  8. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Has followed a record you couldn't bear to hear more than once with a record you'll want to play over and over.
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  9. 8.0 |   State

    Work through the album and you’ll find pop songs nestling next to foul mouthed rage, shades of rock next to those shades of soul and generally the sound of a young artist reaching for the stars and hitting every single one
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  10. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    A solid effort of condensing an in-depth story into a 50 minute pop album
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  11. 8.0 |   Spin

    The rare contemporary album that insists on being heard in full, in sequence, until the story ends
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  12. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Nu-soul, strong story telling, and the darker side of British culture
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  13. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Most certainly a success. The titular character is given weight and emotion through B’s vision and realistic lyrics and immediately draws the listener in
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  14. 7.0 |   Clash

    Mr. Strickland Banks is a welcome addition to Ben Drew’s beguiling set of alter-egos
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  15. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Undoubtedly one of the more unusual volte-faces of recent years, Drew's decision to abandon his acoustic for the full suited-and-booted soul review is, for the most part, a success
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  16. 6.0 |   The Independent

    An interesting diversion, but not much more
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  17. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    It's not a transition that you can imagine 50 Cent making, but the east Londoner pulls it off with some aplomb
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  18. 6.0 |   NME

    Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    This is a record which clearly seeks to emulate the artist's heroes rather than turn a novelty buck
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  20. 5.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A grade or two above the norm for British Motown pastiches
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