'Til Tuesday

Voices Carry

Composed by Michael Hausman / Robert Holmes / Aimee Mann / Joey Pesce

Song Review by

Fans of Aimee Mann's uniformly excellent solo work get spitting mad when this is pointed out, but to the average radio listener, the Boston-bred singer-songwriter is a one-hit wonder from the mid '80s. This one hit, 1985's "Voices Carry" is one of the most distinctive radio singles of its era, it's true: Mike Thorne's airy, spacious production does wonders both for Mann's breathy voice and the time-release hooks in the chorus, which brilliantly releases the tension that builds throughout the stark, paranoid verses. Unfortunately, more people remember the gimmicky, dialogue-filled video, Mann's in retrospect unfortunate hairstyle (remember the teensy little braid?), and the fact that the rest of this album was actually pretty dire than checked out Til Tuesday's far superior second and third albums, cementing the place of "Voices Carry" in the retro hell in which it remains.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Voices Carry 1985 Epic 4:13
Rockin' Ladies of the 80s 1990
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 4:22
Rock of the '80s, Vol. 5 1993
Various Artists
Priority Records 4:22
Eighties Rock On 1994
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:13
Read the Hits/Best of the 80's 1994
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:21
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 14 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:24
Flashback Cafe, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Oglio Records 4:21
Greatest Hits of the Eighties, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:20
Club Epic, Vol. 5 1996
Various Artists
Epic / Sony Music Distribution 4:21
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the 80's, Vol. 4 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 4:21
18 New Wave Classics, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 4:20
Free to Be, Vol. 9 1997
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 4:20
All About Love 1998 Sony Music Distribution 4:21
Chart Toppers: Modern Rock Hits of the 80s, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records 4:24
Great Hits of the 80's, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:22
The Greatest Hits of the '80s, Vol, 11 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:20
The Greatest Hits of the '80s, Vol. 7 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:20
Monster '85 Hits 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:22
One Hit Wonderful 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 4:22
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:26
Hits of 1985 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:22
Soft Love, Vol. 5 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:22
Let It Rock 1985 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:22
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 4:23
Supergroups of the 80s 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:23
Alternative Evolution 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:21
City Rocks: Boston 2000
Various Artists
Cityrocks 4:20
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 4:22
Soft Rock [Universal] 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:22
Greatest Hits of the 80's [Sony] 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:20
Instant Party: Irresistible 80's 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 4:20
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:21
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:21
The Ultimate Hits of the 80's 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 4:22
A Year in Your Life: 1985, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 4:20
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:26
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '80s, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 4:22
Jukebox Hits of the '80s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:22
Monster '80s, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:22
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:22
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 4:23
Sounds of the Eighties: Classic '80s 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:22
Pop and Soul Divas [Box Set] 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:22
80s U.S. Playlist
Various Artists
Crimson 4:20