The Boston band was comprised of Guitarist Robert Holmes, Joey Pesce on bass & keys, drummer Michael Hausman and the haunted voice of Aimee Mann.
Their debut doesn't have a bad track on it, it is as lush in places ("Sleep," "You Know The Rest") as it is funky in others ("Love In A Vacuum" & "I Could Get Used To This.") Though recorded in the eighties the disc does not sounded dated, It really holds up as an example of an ALBUM, a cohesive, well rounded piece of music where the songs belong together. The skitish princess of pain, Aimee Mann hides inside her fear until she can't anymore and eventually comes out swinging on tunes of betrayal and triumph. I know the words to very well crafted song on "Voices Carry" and so should you.
A few months later when the CD finally saw the light of day it looked like the ticket to the big time for 'Til Tuesday. The lead single, "What About Love" was juts a catchy and driving as "Voices Carry" and the country tinged "Coming Up Close" traded in slick production for acoustic guitar strumming which showed a growth in the band's music.
No one knew at the time but the sound of that song was a sign of things to come later during Mann's solo career. Another of my favorite tracks from the disc is "Will She Just Fall Down." It is full of understated beauty.
After the album stiffed, the band called it quits with Hausman moving to the position of manager of Aimee Mann's solo career. A gig he still has in 2014. Mann of course has released a string of critically acclaimed solo CDS and even garnered an Academy Award niomination for her work on the "Magnolia" soundtrack. She is releasing a new solo CD on tax day this year that is sure to be packed with pathos, pain and brilliance.
While Mann's first two CD "Whatever" and "I'm With Stuppid" are amoung my favorites, it his her early music with 'Til Tuesday that I find myself going back to again and again. "Voices Carry" is in my top 10 of all time CDS. Alongside Prince and The Beatles. I suggest you go back and re-discover 'Til Tuesday. Go beyond their one hit and spend time with these three Cds. Or at least the first two. You'll be happy you did. Well, maybe not happy. But like Aimee Mann, you'll be happy to be sad or at least Melancholy.