Voyeur (Kim Carnes album)

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Voyeur
Kim Carnes - Voyeur (album).png
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1982 (1982-09-08)
RecordedMarch 9 – July 13, 1982[1]
Studio
Genre
Length37:53
LabelEMI America
ProducerVal Garay
Kim Carnes chronology
Mistaken Identity
(1981)
Voyeur
(1982)
Café Racers
(1983)
Singles from Voyeur
  1. "Voyeur"
    Released: 1982
  2. "Does It Make You Remember"
    Released: 1982
  3. "Say You Don't Know Me"
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

Voyeur is the seventh studio album by American singer Kim Carnes. It was released on September 8, 1982, by EMI America Records. Carnes began writing material for Voyeur while touring her previous album Mistaken Identity (1981).

Voyeur is a synth-pop album which Carnes described as "more consistent" than its predecessor. It received mixed reviews, with some critics in favor of the album, while others remarked that it failed to live up to the standard of Mistaken Identity.

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic retrospectively gave the album two out of five stars, stating that "the problem with success is following it." He suggested that it would have been difficult to match the success of Carnes' previous album Mistaken Identity, describing the situation as "a shocking performance for an artist that seemed poised for superstar status" after the album stalled in the charts. He opined that the album followed the same formula as Mistaken Identity, stating that it is hard to say why Voyeur did not achieve more than it did.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Voyeur"
4:01
2."Looker"
  • Barry DeVorzon
  • Michael Towers
5:35
3."Say You Don't Know Me"Carnes4:12
4."Does It Make You Remember"
  • Carnes
  • Ellingson
5:10
5."Breakin' Away from Sanity"2:57
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Undertow"
  • Carnes
  • Hitchings
4:08
7."Merc Man"
  • Carnes
  • Ellingson
  • Hitchings
  • Krampf
3:32
8."The Arrangement"Dennis Polen3:48
9."Thrill of the Grill"Carnes3:23
10."Take It on the Chin"Carnes4:30
Total length:37:53
2001 remastered reissue bonus tracks[2]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Voyeur" (12″ version)
  • Carnes
  • Ellingson
  • Hitchings
5:47
12."Dead in My Tracks"Carnes4:24
13."Still Hold On" (live 8/24/81)
  • Carnes
  • Ellingson
  • Eric Kar
  • Wendy Waldman
5:32
Total length:53:36

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Voyeur.[3]

Musicians[edit]

  • Kim Carnes – vocals (all tracks); background harmonies (track 8); ARP synthesizer (track 10)
  • Waddy Wachtel – electric guitars (tracks 1, 7–10); six-string bass (track 1); background vocals (tracks 1, 9)
  • Josh Leo – electric guitars (tracks 1–4); background vocals (tracks 2, 9); solo guitar (track 9)
  • Duane Hitchings – ARP and Prophet-5 synthesizers (tracks 1, 7); background vocals (track 1); all instruments (track 6)
  • Bill Cuomo – Prophet-5 synthesizer (tracks 1, 7, 9, 10); Oberheim OB-X synthesizer (tracks 1, 7, 10); synthesizers (tracks 2–4); background vocals (track 2); piano (track 5)
  • Craig KrampfOberheim DMX drum programming (tracks 1, 7, 10); background vocals (tracks 1, 9); drums (tracks 2–4, 8, 9); tambourine, hand saw (track 4)
  • Dave Ellingson – background vocals (tracks 1–4, 7, 9, 10)
  • Daniel Moore – background vocals (tracks 1–4, 7, 9)
  • Craig Hull – electric guitars (tracks 2, 3, 9); background vocals (tracks 2, 9); electric guitar solo (tracks 4, 8)
  • Steve Goldstein – keyboards (tracks 2–4, 7, 9, 10); background vocals (track 2); organ (track 8)
  • Bryan Garofalo – bass (tracks 2–4, 8, 9); background vocals (tracks 2, 9)
  • F. Bob Getter – string bass (track 2); background vocals (track 2)
  • M.L. Benoit – percussion (tracks 2, 3, 9)
  • Jerry Peterson – saxophone (tracks 3, 4, 9)
  • Melissa Beaton – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Jeannette Clinger – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Emilie de Azevedo – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Lexy de Azevedo – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Rachel de Azevedo – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Donna Delory – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Collin Ellingson – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Richard Hamilton – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Betty Joyce – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Tim Lamb – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Steve Luczy – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Lu Anne Ponce – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Adam Rue – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Brian Stillwell – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Peter Wade – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Lisa Whitman – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Faith Wong – children/background vocals (track 5)
  • Jimmie Haskell – children's background vocals arrangement (track 5)
  • Martha Davis – background harmonies (track 8)

Technical[edit]

  • Val Garay – production (all tracks); recording (tracks 1–5, 7–10)
  • Niko Bolas – recording assistance
  • Richard Bosworth – assistant to Niko
  • Duane Hitchings – recording (track 6)
  • Doug Sax – mastering (at The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles)

Artwork[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[4] 21
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[5] 26
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[6] 37
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[7] 26
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[8] 12
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 18
US Billboard 200[10] 49

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Gold 50,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All tracks except "Undertow"
  2. ^ "Undertow"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Voyeur – Kim Carnes". AllMusic. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Voyeur [Bonus Tracks] – Kim Carnes". AllMusic. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Voyeur (liner notes). Kim Carnes. EMI America Records. 1982. SO-17078.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 256. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 6924a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kim Carnes – Voyeur" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Kim Carnes – Voyeur". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Kim Carnes – Voyeur". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Kim Carnes – Voyeur". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  10. ^ "Kim Carnes Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Kim Carnes – Voyeur". Music Canada. 1 November 1982.