PLANB

Heaven Be­fore All Hell Breaks Loose (Warner)

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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