Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose (Warner)
It’s been six years since Ben Drew’s last album, but he’s had plenty of non-music extracurricular activities to keep him busy, including acting, directing and screen-writing. It’s hardly surprising, then, that this album sounds so cinematic. The lushness of the sound compliments his croon — when he’s not rapping — but much of the edge that characterised his early work has been blunted. It’s a more grown-up Plan B, but not nearly as essential as before.