The name Russ Ballard is not as well known as it should be in contemporary music circles, because the time serving guitarist has penned a surprising number of classic songs, none more so than this enigmatic and haunting number, which unbelievably didn't make the Billboard Hot 100, even though it has hit single written all over it. When asked what had inspired "Voices," in an interview with this website, Russ said, "It was a long time ago, I think, it was about that voice within us, that can be positive or negative. In this case it was looking at so many things I wanted to say in the future... "
As the song says: "Don't look back" because there's no point, and "There's a voice waiting for me to set it free", he added "which I think I did, to an extent, on many songs written after."
If mainstream record buyers were unimpressed, others were more receptive, it reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, and in October 1984 was featured in an episode of the American TV series Miami Vice
. "Voices" does not feature any flashy fretboard work, but the brief guitar solo is masterful, capturing the essence of the song.
Alexander Baron - London, England