Strickland Banks, generally known as Plan B, is a British singer and actor. He has defined that the rationale behind his stage identify is that he initially meant to make business R&B however didn’t really feel snug within the style. So he modified his fashion up, added some hip hop and rap, and this time was profitable. Therefore, Plan B. He has a novel sound, which has been labeled Eminem meets Damien Rice. His lyrical content material touches on intense subjects equivalent to medicine, rape, homicide and under-age intercourse.
The Defamation of Strickland Banks is his second studio launch and it reached # 1 on the UK album chart. The duvet depicts an outdated theater, the sort the place the person letters are put up on the signal manually. That is becoming because the file tells a narrative from the primary monitor to the final, and the title of the album says all of it.
The start of the story begins with a love track, Love Goes Down, illustrating a seemingly contented relationship. Subsequent up, in Writing's on the Wall that relationship develops points and seems to be falling aside. Keep Too Lengthy follows, which was the lead single and hit # 9 on the UK singles chart. The scene is a bar, and Plan B is ingesting closely, leading to fights, and dishonest on his girlfriend with a random woman. A court docket case ensues in She Stated, which is Plan B's testimony, defending himself towards statutory rape, together with his girlfriend within the viewers.
In Welcome to Hell Mr Banks enters jail and fakes braveness, surrounded by murderers, robbers and rapists. The songs that comply with delve into the darkish feelings that Plan B experiences in jail. Laborious Instances and The Recluse concentrate on his loneliness and hopelessness. Traded in my Cigarettes is about acquiring a weapon to guard himself. Prayin 'is a weak prayer to God as he killed a person in self-defense, and Darkest Place is the damage and indignant letter to God which follows.
I Know a Tune is one other love track, however a tragic one with out hope. Lastly, What You Gonna Do, locations Plan B again in court docket, in a follow-up trial, however this time his girlfriend just isn’t in court docket and he’s a distinct man. For those who didn’t take note of Plan B's lyrics you’d be forgiven for being oblivious to the darkish and intense themes he broaches on. His voice is pleasant-sounding and his fashion a bit old-school which works effectively with the vinyl-looking album paintings. The heavy content material the file offers with is a stark distinction with the sweet-sounding melodies.
It’s a very cleverly made album and a superb thought, nevertheless, I don't know what number of listens you could possibly realistically give the miserable Defamation of Strickland Banks a great hear. Additionally once you decide the songs aside with out listening to them in sequence, they don't have the identical impact clearly, and the person songs may not be robust sufficient on their very own.
Nonetheless, props for the concept and energy undoubtedly.