1–8: Taking Off
9–11: Songs Of Exile
12: Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird
13–18: Songs Of War
Including 'Songs of War' and 'Songs of Exile', Voices of Men features leading male vocalists, accompanied by renowned musicians, singing the words of some of New Zealand's most well-known male poets. Brian Turner's words in 'Taking Off' reflect on the typical kiwi bloke, adding humour and balance to the album. This album has been produced as a companion to Voices of Women, produced in 2020.
In creating Voices of Men, composer Janet Jennings has set to music a carefully selected range of poetry that reflects the experiences of men, New Zealand men in particular. She has used piano, violin and trumpet to accompany the vocalists — voices likely to be well known to opera audiences — James Harrison, James Ioelu and Will King. The renowned musicians accompanying them include pianists Katherine Austin, Richard Liu and Sarah Watkins, with James Jin on violin and Bill Stoneham on trumpet.