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Carnes, Kim - 1982 Voyeur

ARTIST: Carnes, Kim
ALBUM: Voyeur
LABEL: EMI America
SERIAL: SO-17078
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2001, EMI 72435-34783-2-2, (with bonus tracks)


LINEUP: Kim Carnes - lead & background vocals, keyboards * Waddy Wachtel - guitar, background vocals * Duane Hitchings, Bill Cuomo - keyboards, synthesizers * Craig Krampf - DMX drum computer & programming, drums, percussion * M.L Benoit - percussion * Bryan Gaorfalo - bass, background vocals * Steve Goldstein - keyboards, synthesizers, organ * Jerry Peterson - sax * Martha Davis, Dave Ellington, Daniel Moore - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Voyeur * 02 Looker * 03 Say You Don't Know Me * 04 Does It Make You Remember * 05 Breakin' Away From Sanity * 06 Undertow * 07 Merc Man * 08 The Arrangement * 09 The Thrill Of The Grill * 10 Take It On The Chin


As a member of The New Christy Minstrels with Kenny Rogers to background vocalist for pimply teen idol David Cassidy; the fresh-faced, raspy voiced Kim Carnes was poised for a solo career as early as 1972 with her debut 'Rest On Me'. The album sold poorly and as the decade progressed, Carnes hopscotched from label to label and charting minor hit singles mostly in the soft pop/country rock style of Olivia Newton-John, Anne Murray, Jennifer Warnes and the like. Personally I didn't care much for that style or the albums and even 1981's 'Mistaken Identity' which gave Kim her biggest hit 'Bette Davis Eyes' while containing a couple new wave flavoured tracks, was just too derivative to make much of an impression.

The Songs
Then along came 'Voyeur' and the sleeve was stunning. An artful take on the German Expressionist style of the early twentieth century and very Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis'; Carnes dressed in leather and pumps looked hot and sounded great. While there was no 'Bette Davis Eyes' part two; 'Voyeur' features a heavily programmed, dark noir atmosphere yet producer Val Garay (Mr Big UK, Randy Meisner, The Motels) smartly leaves enough breathing room for journeyman guitarist Waddy Wachtel's tasteful and searing licks. The title track pulsates with electric energy and a delectable, instantly memorable hook while 'Looker' lights up the Glory Daze wow-o-meter with its powerful Toronto meets Pat Benatar-ish chorus and unusual ending; how this was passed over as a single pick is a mystery. 'Does It Make You Remember' made it to 45; a great song featuring a unique guitar solo that bleeds into a gorgeous classical piano bridge and if I didn't know better; I'd swear this was a Diane Warren tune. Stunning and 'Undertow' is the second sides highlight with claustrophobic synth and creepy lyrics; this was Carnes at her most experimental and obviously way over the heads of most radio programmers who chose to ignore it.

In Summary
And apparently beyond most record buyers who expected another 'Bette Davis Eyes'. MTV ignored the videos complaining one of the clips included a questionable scene and the album was soon spotted in cut-out bins in Musicland's, Peaches and Sam Goody's nationwide. Kim Carnes would never again rock this hard or approach her music with such creative abandon.

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#4 | gdazegod on August 19 2013 04:27:01
That silver jump suit is very cool. Agree with Eric, this was probably (for me at least) her best album.
#5 | super80boy on October 06 2013 20:09:44
Really like the experimental new wave leanings to many of the songs. Very cool and slick melodies and arrangements throughout.
#6 | Jez on April 15 2014 15:18:15
Great album. I liked the previous 'Mistaken Identity' album and 'Café Racers' is also good one to track down aswell imo, with a nice Keith Olsen production and a certain Mr. Lukather on a number of tracks too.
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