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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records/Ada
  • ASIN: B000004B9S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Velvet Belly
2. The Jeweller
3. Ivey And Neet
4. Meniscus
5. Tears
6. Tarantula
7. My Father
8. Come Here My Love
9. At First, And Then
10. Strength Of Strings
11. Morning Glory
12. Inch-Blue
13. I Want To Live
14. Mama KI
15. Filigree And Shadow
16. Fire Brothers
17. Thais I
18. I Must Have Been Blind
19. A Heart Of Glass
20. Alone
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Knock on 2 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
The second album from This Mortal Coil takes a darker and colder turn than it's predecessor, "It'll End in Tears". It benefits from greater length and a more subtle flow of textures from one track to the next. All three albums are intended to be heard continuously, the varied covers more like arias than a collection of singles. On the first listen it's easy to see this as relentlessly downbeat navel-gazing. On the second the intricacy of the sonic tapestry and the variety of rich imagery stands out, from the ponderous forgotten-myth vibe of "The Jeweller" through the theatrical grandeur of "Strength of Strings" and the intimate tragedy of "Morning Glory" into more disturbing waters. This is an album both for mourning and celebrating life, the dream paradox that makes perfect sense whilst you are experiencing it: "I want to live/I want to die".

All three This Mortal Coil albums are must-owns. "It'll End in Tears" would make a better sampler for the uninitiated, but you'll quickly find that all three become indispensable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Ricca on 27 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's just one of those records. I've had it for a few years and I never stopped listening to it. It's just good for you.
"This Mortal Coil" was a band made up of artists from other 4AD bands (Dead Can Dance, Wolfgang Press, Cocteau Twins, Colourbox, Breathless, Dif Juz), so it was like (well, not like, really) a dream band. When all the ingredients are great, the result is this.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
a must-own CD on many levels 19 Mar 2000
By Brooke Pennington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard of This Mortal Coil through a soundtrack, and I bought this CD on a whim--probably the best impulse buy I ever made. I first listened to it a few weeks later at three in the morning while smoking a cigarette and watching tree branches scrape my window. When you hear this music you will understand that it perfectly fit the moment. Dominic Appleton has the voice of a faceless lover in a gothic dream, and the instrumental pieces are quite haunting. "At First, and Then" is a gorgeous progression from calm to chaotic and frenzied that I see as a musical interpretation of either sex or death. "The Jeweller" is simply the best, most beautiful song I've heard, period. I found the Pearls Before Swine original version since I liked the cover so much, and the arrangement and vocals of This Mortal Coil's version make it far superior. This album also makes the best psychedelic music I've ever heard, bar none. It is great to chill out to--very relaxing, yet visionary. If I could own only one CD, this would be it.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Breathtaking. 12 Jun 2004
By Linda M. Versluis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After ordering 'Blood', the 3rd album from This Mortal Coil, I decided to pick up Filligree and Shadow, and I am very happy I did. This album combines gentle strings, throbbing guitars and gentle piano chords, along with mesmering synthesizers, creating a 76 minute epic 4AD masterpiece. I was shocked at how wonderful this CD is. Ivo Watts Russell takes a number of relatively unknown songs by other artists, and gives them a '4AD makeover'. (The Jeweller, Come Here My Love, My Father, Strength of Strings, Morning Glory, Firebrothers, I Must Have Been Blind, Alone, Drugs)
There are also a number of TMC originals, which connect the songs to each other quite well. Darker and Warmer than It'll End in Tears, but more unfocused than Blood.
If you like Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Pink Floyd, etc. Pick this album up. NOW.
35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Good - but don't start your TMC collection here 7 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I may be the lone voice of dissent on this page, but I must say, I have owned all three This Mortal Coil compilations for some time, and of the three, "Filigree and Shadow" is the weakest. It's not bad. But unlike the raw beauty of the "It'll End in Tears" tracks (which is mostly a Cocteau Twins/Dead Can Dance concoction - 4AD chief Ivo Watts-Russell hadn't yet a roster large enough by then!) and the epic sweep of "Blood" (which has a couple of guitar-laden clunkers but is otherwise packed with dark and soaring emotional stunners), this album has a more ambient feel, and thus lacks much personality or punch. I've listened to it several times and most of it just feels samey to me. It's good, but as a listening experience, the album is strictly a flat landscape, with few peaks or valleys.
Obviously many people here feel differently. But to those who may have been curious about This Mortal Coil, but aren't sure which CD to get first, I highly, highly recommend you start your journey with "Blood." Then rush out and get "It'll End in Tears." Heck, get them both at the same time.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A compelling disc 27 Aug 2002
By Michael G. Hannaford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this when I was in high school. Its melancholy demeanor, luscious melody and intriguing orchestration spoke well to me then. Over a decade after the first listen, this disc still remains compelling. The sequence of tracks that runs from "Thais (I)" to the end of the album is fantastically beautiful; if those tracks were an album unto themselves, it would be one of the most listened to albums I own. I still have just as much fun singing along with "I Must Have Been Blind," and I still adore the cover of David Byrne's "Drugs." And the ambient tracks (too numerous to mention) are superb.
I can't give it the five stars because, like the other TMC releases, it is inconsistent. Some songs haven't lasted as well and now they get on my nerves. Luckily, they seem to be crowded more towards the beginning of the disc.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Obscure, Original and Classic 7 July 2005
By SystemStructure - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is still hard to believe this album was made and released in the early mid 1980's. It is so completely against the grain of the stereotypes of that time in that decade. So, as a result, when this was printed by then indie label 4AD, it became a startlingly original and instant classic album of a certain niche in underground culture.

First, there's the cover art - a distorted image of what appears to be some sort of vampiric creature. And that's really what the album kind of sounds like and why it had so much appeal to the "goth" or "gothic" underground. The album sounds like the collected anthems of an immortal creature. Something that was raised in another country perhaps, in splendour, then lived on and on. The clashingly classic and eloquent first tracks on the album are like a trip down memory lane for an old vampire. Then we hit some more energetic, 80's rock type material for the modern age of the undead creature. I can see someone listening to this and then reading Anne Rice. Wait, actually I DID see that in my childhood because my brother was a 80's goth in California! He now watches Invader Zim and does design work.

Regardless, it was in large part due to this album that I realized music didn't have to be the top 40 on the radio. I later discovered my own bands like Sonic Youth and Flying Saucer Attack yet I still give a nod to the This Mortal Coil experience. There really is NOTHING like this album that I can think of and I've heard a lot of music as a radio dj myself. If you think you're ready for an original listening experience then I invite you to try Filigree & Shadow.

Highlights include : Ivy and Neet, the hard to pronounce "Thais", Strength of Strings - and the goth girl anthem "Come Here My Love."

If you like this band you might like:

Harold Budd

Aphex Twin

Nine Inch Nails

Bauhaus
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