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More You Becomes You

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While it's hip for contemporary pop acts to toss out Burt Bacharach's name as an influence, few even remotely approximate the master's melodic savvy, emotional resonance and simple elegance; Plush's Liam Hayes comes much closer to the mark, with his debut More You Becomes You -- an intimate, often gorgeous collection of piano ballads -- recalling the handful of solo records Bacharach cut during the late 1960s. Gentle yet disarming, the record's only hint of irony is in its title -- Hayes smartly favors a less-is-more approach, stripping his music of virtually everything but piano and vocals; both are more than adequate to convey the somber beauty which lends the album its seductive powers.

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