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Voices Carry

June 25, 1985 | Format: MP3

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By H. Powell on December 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album was the soundtrack for the summer I first fell in love. "Voices Carry" (the title track) was on the radio like every fifteen minutes back then; blaring at pool parties, playing at the roller rink, playing on the radio of my '84 Oldsmobile Cutlas, playing everywhere, even the damn hard rock stations played it. My first real love interest liked the song...so I (a die hard metal fan) bought the album...and I was stunned. As we all know, first loves often become first heartbreaks and many times it's your fault in one way or another. I'm a guy, and all of the songs Aimee Mann writes are about boorish, egotistical, domineering guys. I was that guy and I payed dearly for it. Every time I hear the song "You Know The Rest", I just want to cry. This is easily the best song in this collection, but for some mysterious reason it never got as much radio play as "Love In A Vacuum", "Looking Over My Shoulder", or "Voices Carry". Aimee Mann's voice is spine-chillingly beautiful, Joey Pesce's keyboard touches are often haunting, and Robert Holmes' guitar licks give you the impression that he is actually a hard rock guitar slinger at heart but he's being restrained by the straight-jacket of the "new wave" genre. Much has been made about Mann's solo albums ("Whatever", "I'm With Stupid", "Bachelor #2", and The Magnolia soundtrack), but her folkish solo stuff is nowhere near as poignant or heart-rending as her first 'Til Tuesday "new wave" effort. This is a beautiful collection of songs...I don't know why people always make the Cars/Rick Ocasek connection, because I simply don't hear it. But that's music critics for you...they can't tell a good song from a hole in the ground. Buy this, young 'uns (and I'm not just saying this because I was turned on by punk chicks like Anne Carlyle in "Liquid Sky" and I liked Aimee Mann's hair...the songs are good, trust me). UP THE IRONS!
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Format: Audio CD
I was a Boston College student in the 80's, and happened to have a friend who did lighting for a number of bands who played the local club scene. Thanks to my friend's "Guest List" privileges I saw a lot of live music in those days. A band he worked for had recorded a demo titled "Love in a Vacuum" that became the most requested song of the year at local Boston rock radio institution WBCN which in those days was number one in the ratings.

The same radio station staged an infamous "Rock and Roll Rumble" battle of local bands each year, and it was no surprise when this same band, 'Til Tuesday walked away with the championship, and created huge local buzz when the local music press picked up on the fact that the band had been signed after a bidding war, to Epic records. I think I probably saw 'Til Tuesday play in small clubs six or more times during that period, and I came to know many of the songs that would eventually be recorded for the first album. Aimee Mann of course, looked like a born star, tall and almost always dressed in black, with her spikey bleached white coif and signature eighties braided rat tail. It seemed for a while she was everywhere, appearing in advertising campaigns in the local paper, and her poster in the window of some hipper than thou Newbury street hair salon of the day. The rest of the band were all very good looking people including her boyfriend of the time, Drummer Michael Hausman, Guitarist Robert Holmes with his mop of Red curls, and keyboardist Joey Pesce who looked like he was slumming from his day job as a GQ model. It simply seemed at the time, that this band was destined to be huge.
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Aimee Mann's journey begins here, with the first 'til tuesday album. Voices Carry, whose title track with her shrill vocals and Robert Holmes' rhythm guitar netted the quartet their only Top Ten hit on the Billboard charts. The combination of Mann and Holmes set the stage for what might be called gothic pop.
There's a consistent dolorous sound throughout the album. In fact anyone hears any of the three singles, "Love In A Vacuum", "Looking Over My Shoulder", and the title track, can trace this to their earliest material. Voices Carry is the most mournful of 'til tuesday's three albums. All eleven songs deal with the breakup in various stages. In fact, it is possible to string along the songs into a heartwrenching concept album.
"Winning The War" shows the relationship at its most bitter and vicious as demonstrated by the opening lines: "You fight just for the sake of it/You know what hurts the most/You might have once been faking it/but now it cuts too close" And here's the chorus, "Winning the war/and losing every battle/You close the door/on happy ever after". The song goes on along the lines that the two should have quit while they were ahead instead of dragging this thing out to this stage.
"Don't Watch Me Bleed" is probably the ne plus ultra of despair I've heard in any of their songs. This is the point where it's finally over between the two. It's final quits, as evidenced by the chorus: "So don't just kiss me goodbye/that's not what I need/Don't just kiss me goodbye/Don't watch me bleed".
People who have gone through a breakup or divorce may find this either cathartic or too tough to take, depending on one's fragility.
All in all, a wonderful start from Aimee and company. 'til next tuesday then!
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