Who Needs Actions When You Got Words [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Straight outta East London comes Ben "Plan B" Drew, strewing acclaim behind him -- the British Eminem, a rapping Arctic Monkeys, even Kurt Cobain has been invoked in his name. But those comparisons lack imagination: how about a modern-day Linton Kwesi Johnson, but without a decent edu-kashun, and forced to fall back on his wits? With the same gleaning eye for detail, a similar rage against a society which shuts him out, and an equal eloquence of rhyme, albeit expletive-laced on Plan B's account, he strips away England's polite facade to expose the ugliness at its core. Times have changed, though, so where Johnson used broad strokes to paint the political and social ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Straight outta East London comes Ben "Plan B" Drew, strewing acclaim behind him -- the British Eminem, a rapping Arctic Monkeys, even Kurt Cobain has been invoked in his name. But those comparisons lack imagination: how about a modern-day Linton Kwesi Johnson, but without a decent edu-kashun, and forced to fall back on his wits? With the same gleaning eye for detail, a similar rage against a society which shuts him out, and an equal eloquence of rhyme, albeit expletive-laced on Plan B's account, he strips away England's polite facade to expose the ugliness at its core. Times have changed, though, so where Johnson used broad strokes to paint the political and social currents of his day, Plan B utilizes the small brush of the individual to draw his dystopian world. He does this brilliantly on the opening "Kidz," balancing a boasting gang-banger wilding night out with a scathing condemnatory editorial. But can you blame it all on the kids? "Sick 2 Def" definitively answers that question, as Plan B slams his own critics, whilst taking aim at pop culture and society's own flaws. It's a lethal number, but the rapper is even more illuminating when describing daily life in the 'hood. "Dead and Buried" sums it up, as his protagonists' wrong turns invariably trap them in insolvable, ofttimes fatal dilemmas. "Everyday" delves into a junkie's battle with drugs, "No More Eatin'" a boy's failed struggle against violence, while "Tough Love" depicts an honor killing. The infectious "Where Ya From?" is an anti-paean to his hometown, an ironic antidote to all the big-ups to my 'hood from the American rappers. And unlike Eminem's well-publicized battle with his mother, it's his father that Plan B disdains, coldly expressed on "I Don't Hate You," while his mother elicits tender concern on "Mama (Loves a Crackhead)." That latter track features an inspired sample of Hall & Oates "Say No," Gary Puckett & the Union Gap's "Young Girl" gives forewarning of "Charmaine," while a particularly clever use of a sample from Prodigy's "No Good (Start the Party)" underpins "No Good." That song is a plausible gangsta motto, the anthemic title track reflects Plan B's more mature ethos. Eschewing stripped down to the breakbeats backings, the set is flush with melody, heady atmospheres, and vocals, all counter-pointing Plan B's tough as nails toasts. A magnificent album from a poet for a modern generation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2011
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • EAN: 5051011497926
  • Catalog Number: 1149792
  • Sales rank: 110,534

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kids (4:07)
  2. 2 Sick 2 Def (4:44)
  3. 3 No Good (4:56)
  4. 4 Dead and Buried (4:38)
  5. 5 Mama (3:57)
  6. 6 Charmaine (3:46)
  7. 7 I Don't Hate You (5:14)
  8. 8 Everyday (4:23)
  9. 9 Tough Love (5:02)
  10. 10 Where Ya From? (3:43)
  11. 11 No More Eatin' (4:41)
  12. 12 Missing Links (3:53)
  13. 13 Couldn't Get Along (5:44)
  14. 14 Who Needs Actions When You Got Words (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Plan B Primary Artist
Jamie King Guitar
Randolph Matthews Background Vocals
Andrew Smith Guitar
Tom Knott Guitar
Christian Madden Keyboards
Alex Berry Double Bass
John Boy Bass
Kai Fish Cello
Dominic Betmead Guitar, scratching
Richard Yong Drums
Elliot James Piano, Cello
Harry Escott Cello
Ben Drew Guitar, Vocals
Cassell the Beatmaker Drums
Andy Sheldrake Bass
Akatriel Vocals
Technical Credits
Brad Ellis Beat Programming
Jimmy Robertson Engineer
E. James Composer
John Davis Mastering
Jonathan Quarmby Additional Production
Ben Drury Art Direction
Paul Epworth Composer, Producer
Fraser T. Smith Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jerry Fuller Composer
The Earlies Producer
Ben Sansbury Logo
Tom Knott Engineer
Kevin Bacon Additional Production
Finn Eiles Engineer
Elliot James Producer, Engineer
B. Ellis Composer
Al O'Connell Engineer
Plan B Producer
Nextman Producer
Ben Drew Art Direction
Sam Williams Producer, Instrumentation
Analog Kid drum programming
This is Real Art Producer
Tesfa Pitt Programming, Engineer
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