Voices Carry (album)
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Voices Carry Album
Voices Carry
Til Tuesday - Voices Carry.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 20, 1985
StudioR.P.M. Sound Studios, New York, NY
GenreRock, new wave
ProducerMike Thorne
'Til Tuesday chronology
Voices Carry
Welcome Home
Singles from Voices Carry
  1. "Voices Carry"
    Released: March 1985
  2. "Looking Over My Shoulder"
    Released: 1985
  3. "Love in a Vacuum"
    Released: 1985

Voices Carry is the first studio album by American band 'Til Tuesday, released in 1985.

'Til Tuesday's debut single was the album's title track, which went to #8 on the Billboard singles chart and remains the band's best-known song. The "Voices Carry" video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist and was played heavily on MTV. It depicts a boyfriend trying to convert Aimee Mann to his upper-class lifestyle; she finally lashes out at him during a concert at Carnegie Hall, standing up from her seat in the audience and belting the lyrics ("He said, shut up! He said, shut up! Oh God, can't you keep it down?...") as she removes her cap to reveal her signature spiky, rat-tailed hair, while her boyfriend hides his face in embarrassment and the rest of the attendees look on in shock.

Except for one short establishing shot of the exterior of New York City's Carnegie Hall, the video was shot completely on-location in Boston, MA. The Strand Theater in Dorchester's Upham's Corner doubled for the interior of Carnegie Hall during the video's final crane shot.

The album's second and third singles were "Love in a Vacuum" and "Looking over My Shoulder"; the latter peaked at No. 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Martin Rushent was being considered for the role of producer for Voices Carry.[1][discuss]


Voices Carry was released on April 20, 1985.[2] The album entered the Billboard 200 at 152nd place on June 25.[3] The album spent 31 weeks on the chart peaking at 23.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB-[5]

From contemporary reviews, Spin described the album as "a pleasure, but not a revelation." and that "almost all the tunes are instantly catchy, if not especially inspired."[6]Spin praised the groups vocalist stating that "in lead singer Aimee Mann they may have a star. [...] she has her own look and a voice that's evocative, thought not yet distinctive enough to stake out its own turf in the crowded field of female vocalists."[6]Robert Christgau gave the album a B- rating, stating that the group rolls out "synth-pop hooks like vintage A Flock of Seagulls, but Aimee Mann's throaty warble sounds almost human. And while the generalization level of her aggressively banal lyrics signals product, not expression, every one lands square on a recognizable romantic cliché."[5]

From retrospective reviews, AllMusic wrote that "While most bands from Boston suffered from lack of production, Mike Thorne does a decent job on much of the album and excellent work on the title track."[1] The review found that "Love in a Vacuum" was "over-produced, creating a good album track when the true follow-up hit was actually in hand."[1] The review went on to note haunting lyrics on "I Could Get Used to This" and "No More Crying" which "separate this recording from work of similar '80s bands". The review concluded that " this album and its follow-ups should have had as much commercial success as the Cars, because artistically, they are equal to that band's dynamic debut."[1]


The popular Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, which is known for naming each episode after an '80s hit song or album, named a two-part episode after this album.[7][8]

Track listing

All lyrics are written by Aimee Mann; all music is composed by 'Til Tuesday.

1."Love in a Vacuum"3:34
2."Looking Over My Shoulder"4:15
3."I Could Get Used to This"3:02
4."No More Crying"4:18
5."Voices Carry"4:20
6."Winning the War"4:03
7."You Know the Rest"4:26
8."Maybe Monday"3:40
9."Are You Serious?"3:15
10."Don't Watch Me Bleed"3:26



  • Produced By Mike Thorne
  • Executive Producer: Dick Wingate
  • Engineered By Domenic Maita
  • Mixed By Harvey Goldberg; assisted by Moira Marquis
  • Studio Assistants: Mike Krowiak & Jeff Lippay
  • Mastered By Jack Skinner


Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
1985 The Billboard 200 19

Singles - Billboard

Year Single Chart Position
1985 "Voices Carry" The Billboard Hot 100 8
1985 "Voices Carry" Top Rock Tracks 14
1985 "Looking Over My Shoulder" The Billboard Hot 100 61


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b c d e Viglione, Joe. "Voices Carry". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Viglione, Joe. "Voices Carry". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "'Til Tuesday". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b "'Til Tuesday". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ a b Brooks, E. (May 1985). "Spins". Spin. Vol. 1 no. 1. SPIN Media LLC. p. 29.
  7. ^ "Degrassi: The Next Generation: Episode List". IMDB. IMDB.com. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Degrassi: The Next Generation - Season 4". TV.com. TV.com. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications - 'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry". Music Canada. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ Gold/Platinum - Music Canada
  11. ^ "American album certifications - 'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2016.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.
  12. ^ Gold & Platinum - RIAA


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