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Format: Vinyl LP x2 album. 4AD Records, UK release 1986. Double LP release with original inner sleeves. 'This Mortal Coil' was a band made up of artists from the label 4AD bands: Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Wolfgang Press, Colourbox, Breathless and others. Modern gothic indie rock music. 25 tracks.
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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.
"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.
Do not go through life without this music.
That's all I can say.
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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.
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.
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.
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."
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