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It'll End In Tears [Japanese Import] [Import]

This Mortal Coil Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros Records
  • ASIN: B0010MTLA2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 894,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising 23 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
How can a record so submerged in misery and despair sound so hypnotically beautiful? By using a range of artists from 4AD's record label and covering a load of classics from the likes of Alex Chilton and Tim Buckley, the record draws you in by playing with your heartstrings through melancholic lyrics and dark, moody compositions.
The usual problem with these sorts of records is that they tend to sound repetitive, but you will not find any of that here. Some tracks are very minimal (the haunting Song to the Siren), others are deeply lush and textured (Fond Affections and Fyt to name a few) - there's something here for everyone, with the range of covers letting the older members reminisce about their Goth days in the eighties and tracks like The Last Ray giving the younger listeners a taste of eighties chillout music. And the good thing is it all blends into a cohesive whole.
Of course, the album is not without its short comings. The one track that I just can't warm up to is one with Lisa Gerrard on vocals called Dreams Made Flesh, and it pains me to say it because I love her soaring banshee-like wails, but throughout that track she just seems to be doing her own thing with her singing and the instruments not going with each other at all. Luckily, she is redeemed by a second track to which she lends her vocals, Waves Become Wings (which is one of my favourite tracks). I have a few other nitpicks, but they're mainly associated to the fact that the record was released twenty years ago, such as the sometimes rather clumsy way in which some of the songs are melded into each other.
But, those are just minor quibbles in what is a superb album full of captivating and emotive tracks.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gut-wrenchingly Gorgeous 20 Feb 2001
Format:Audio CD
Since first hearing Song To The Siren way back when I was first stopped dead in my little Gothic tracks this whole album has stayed with me. It mirrors a cascade of life's emotions and no doubt I will still be playing it when all my velvet is jaded and all my candles faded but it will never fail to ignite something deep down. Buy it and try it, lie back and find yourself deep within it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let those tears flow 12 April 2008
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If only the heads of all record labels had the imagination and good taste of Ivo Watts-Russell ( Not to mention the cool name) Watts Russell the head of 4AD wanted to record songs by artists he loved using not only bands on the 4AD label at the time. but other up-coming artists. The idea for This Mortal Coil-named after a poetic expression from Shakespeare's Hamlet-came after 4AD band Modern English had refused to re-record two songs they usually closer their concerts with. Watts-Russell decided to do it himself with Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins and Gordon Sharp Of Cindytalk providing the vocals. One of the intended b-sides was the cover of Tim Buckley's "Song To The Siren " with Liz Fraser on vocals. The result of this was deemed so spectacular that the project took off -though it must be said that Robin Guthrie of The Cocteau Twins became virulently scathing about the version- though it must also be said he tends to do that about most of his back catalogue.
The first album by This Mortal Coil released in 1984 came after an EP -"Sixteen Days Gathering Dust" and as well as featuring the aforementioned artists also had contributions from Simon Raymonde(Cocteau Twins) Steven and Martyn Young ( Colourbox) Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance) Mark Cox ( The Wolfgang Press) Robbie Grey (Modern English) and Howard Devoto. The album interspersed the cover versions with original compositions- usually instrumentals.
It,s really the choice of songs that makes It,ll End In Tears so special. As well as "Song To The Siren" Liz Fraser sings Roy Harpers "Another Day" quite beautifully over stately strings.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 28 April 2004
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An ethereal masterpiece, which still stands the test of time today, evento the jaded and so often disappointed ears of a 35 year old, digging intohis unpurchased past. There are obvious comparisons, many of them from inand around the 4AD roster that is so elegantly showcased here. You know"song to the siren" but there are marvellous suprises beyond this...but awarning to other aging indiekids-this will make you nostalgic for the goodold days, when there really was a strong range of cutting edge Britishsmall labels prepared to issue something as uncommercial as this delicatejewel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It won't end in tears.... 4 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
I first heard TMC's 'It'll End In Tears' back in early 1991 when a hi-fi store owner sat me down in a 'listening room' to demonstrate the qualities of a Denon CD player... which I still own. I was'nt heavily into the goth sound or minimalist stuff, but I went out and bought this as soon as I could find it, as this left me mesmerised. Without wishing to sound like a pretencious music journalist, the experience was utterly ethereal and unlike anything I'd ever heard before, with its strange sonic landscapes and classy choice of vocalists and avant-garde 'alt' musicians.

From the gorgeously floating 'Song To The Siren' (words c/o Tim Buckley and voice c/o the Cocteau Twins' Liz Frazer) to the Wire-esque rocker 'Not Me', this is both a hauntingly atmospheric and stranglely compelling collection of songs. Different TMC collectives followed-up with the far more self-indulgent 'Blood' and 'Filigree & Shadow' albums a few years later, and while they both had their moments, they were relatively dull and uninspiring affairs which could not compete with this otherworldy classic. There are few such records in my collection, but this deserves a special place. Give it a go if you want to hear something truly different, as you may be pleasantly surprised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I am satisfied with the deliberate purchase, I expected. I recommend to all.
Good choice. start, but the quality for the price.
Published 3 months ago by jacek slatala
5.0 out of 5 stars Song to the Siren - Timeless and moving...
I originally bought the track 'Song to the Siren' on Vinyl many years, I think 20 or so. I have not bothered with the rest of this album, as those tracks can't hold a candle to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by 77Bluepeter
5.0 out of 5 stars "Song To The Siren" is essential
This review is for: It'll End In Tears This Mortal Coil (Remastered Japanese edition in gatefold card sleeve)
If for no other reason, this album is an absolutely essential... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mr. D
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Covers of some of the greatest songs ever
Purchased this album sorry CD (showing my age) purely for the Roy harper Another day cover + Tim Bukley Song for the Siren. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by Merseyrob
2.0 out of 5 stars one gem in sea of mediocrity
I purchased this album on the strength of one track "song to the siren"and although this is a brilliant track and has also been recorded by Robert Plant on his excellent Dreamland... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2011 by the islander
5.0 out of 5 stars this mortal coile it will end up in tears
heartbreakingly beautiful album even after more than 25 years - mint condition - go get it
Published on 25 May 2010 by Odile Contassot
5.0 out of 5 stars Liz Frazer [vocal] + Tim Buckley [songwriter] = tears of joy
I was in my final year at Leeds University in 1983/84, living in a shared house with four others. A couple of us (including me) thought we knew something about music, and... Read more
Published on 7 May 2010 by PF@Sk
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY DESERT ISLAND DISCS
If you like the Cocteau Twins and Sigur Ros then you need to buy this CD now trust me. This is one of my favorite albums of all time and I have recommend this to a few of my mates,... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2010 by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes... It WILL end in tears. It's heart-breakingly beautiful
I bought this on LP way back in the mid 80s and pretty much wore the vinyl flat. If you only buy 1 album ever again buy this one. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2010 by Nobody Famous
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the cutting edge
The 80s and the New Music.That is the music which has been variously referred to as Dream Pop,Pastoral Ambience,Indie whatever. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2009 by Richard
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