It'll End in Tearsby This Mortal Coil
The first of 4AD owner Ivo Watts-Russell's multi-artist studio sessions under the This Mortal Coil name, 1984's It'll End in Tears was a surprisingly influential album in many circles, key in the reawakening of interest in artists like Alex Chilton and the late Tim Buckley by a younger generation of listeners. (Two songs from Big Star's Third are included, a version of "Kangaroo" featuring Cindytalk vocalist Gordon Sharp that sounds even druggier and more disorienting than the original, and a chilling piano and strings version of "Holocaust" with haunted vocals by Howard Devoto; the simple but ravishing version of Buckley's "Song to the Siren" by Cocteau Twins Liz Fraser and Robin Guthrie was cited by David Lynch as the direct inspiration for Julee Cruise's first two albums and has since been used several times in commercials and films.) The covers are the most memorable part of the album -- a Robbie Grey-sung version of Colin Newman's "Not Me," cleverly incorporating a hypnotic riff from another Newman song, "B," is the most conventionally hooky song on the album, to the point that folks who haven't listened to the album for a while tend to forget that half of the songs are "band" originals. These six songs mark 4AD's definitive break from its origins as an artsy post-punk imprint (Bauhaus, Modern English's first few records, etc.) to the development of "the 4AD sound," a heavily reverbed wash of treated guitars and atmospheric keyboards with vocals treated as another instrument in an amorphous wash of sound. The problem is that these largely instrumental tracks sound more like half-baked studio doodles than fully formed songs; a three-song stretch on side two featuring Dead Can Dance's Lisa Gerrard is particularly tiresome. As a whole, It'll End in Tears is a lovely, often exquisite record; taken individually, the power of some of the songs is lost.
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- Warner Bros / Wea
Performance CreditsThis Mortal Coil Primary Artist
Howard Devoto Vocals
Gini Ball Violin,Viola
Mark Cox Organ,DX-7
Elizabeth Fraser Vocals
John Fryer Loops
Lisa Gerrard Accordion,Vocals,Yang Chin
Robbie Grey Vocals
Robin Guthrie Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,E-bow,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Martin McCarrick Cello
Brendan Perry Bass,Drums,Bass Drone
Young Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Simon Raymonde Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar,DX-7
Martin McGarrick Cello
Manuela Rickers Guitar
Gordon Sharp Vocals
Steven Young Piano
Technical CreditsRema-Rema Composer
John Fryer Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Martin McCarrick String Arrangements
Ivo Watts-Russell Composer,Producer
Martin McGarrick String Arrangements
Gordon Sharp Composer
Steven Young Composer
23 Envelope Art Direction
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I have loved this album for years. When I first went through the whole gothic stage this was one of the first goth cd I heard and I still love it. My favorite song is ''Fond Affections'' followed by ''Kangaroo''. This cd brings me back to times when depression wasn't such a bad thing and darkness was better than anything.
I grew up listening to 80's music and is one record/cd that I enjoy to my heart's content. Each artist adds his or her's passion and personality to the song. One of the greatest albums out there!
I stumbled on this moody and breathtaking project shortly after it was released in the mid-1980's. This is definitely a dark recording. THere are some great artists on this CD. Put it on , get a glass of red wine and close your eyes and cry. I am not a kid anymore but when I listen to this music the old insecure emotions of adolesence swell up and take over. Anyone who is into Goth or the darker side of the 1980's needs to have this.
The soothing tales of sorrow will never let you go.
I have closed my eyes in the twightlight of sleep. To listen to the sweet sounds of this group; it takes me back to the time of uncertainty of when we wonder when we will find love or when we will lose it. This music makes my heart weep once again.