Plush
Fed
Label ©  After Hours
Release Year  2002
Length  48:30
Genre  Indie Pop
Personal Star Rating [1-5]  
  Ref#  P-0171
Bitrate  192 Kbps
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    Track Listing:
      1.  
      Whose Blues  
       5:04  
      2.  
      I've Changed My Number  
       3:33  
      3.  
      Blown Away  
       3:03  
      4.  
      So Blind  
       3:20  
      5.  
      Greyhound Bus Station  
       2:49  
      6.  
      No Education  
       5:22  
      7.  
      Sound Of San Francisco  
       3:33  
      8.  
      Born Together  
       2:53  
      9.  
      Unis  
       0:26  
      10.  
      Whose Blues Anyway  
       1:35  
      11.  
      What'll We Do  
       3:03  
      12.  
      Having It All  
       4:03  
      13.  
      Fed  
       6:50  
      14.  
      The Woods  
       2:56  
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      Review by Jason Ankeny

      Liam Hayes recorded the first Plush album More You Becomes You virtually alone because he couldn't find any other musicians to live up to his impossibly exacting standards; for Fed, he recruited everyone from veteran R&B arranger Tom Tom MMLXXXIV to jazz session drummer Morris Jennings to stalwart indie noisemaker Steve Albini to create a record as rich, complex, and ornate as the previous record was simple and spare. Evoking the grandiose orchestral pop of legends like Laura Nyro, Todd Rundgren, and producer Curt Boettcher -- as well as the symphonic soul-jazz of another underappreciated Chicago cult hero, Charles Stepney -- Fed builds on Hayes' infectious melodies with layer upon layer of strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and backing vocals that together teeter on the brink of sheer excess without ever quite toppling over. For all its studio sheen, Fed is most impressive for its songs -- Hayes is a remarkable composer equally adept at both punchy, blue-eyed soul like "I've Changed My Number" and forlorn ballads like "Born Together," and his delicate, poignant vocals remain the most persuasive instrument in his arsenal.
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