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It'll End in Tears

This Mortal CoilAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 7, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • ASIN: B000007SPT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kangaroo
2. Song To The Siren
3. Holocaust
4. Fyt
5. Fond Affections
6. The Last Ray
7. Another Day
8. Waves Become Wings
9. Barramundi
10. Dreams Made Flesh
11. Not Me
12. A Single Wish

Editorial Reviews

The debut release by this superstar-Goth outfit shined (and still does) in all its glorious misery and despair. Just how can it be so beautiful? the listener wonders. For one thing, when the project is conceptualized by 4AD Records brain-man Ivo Watts-Russell and includes artists from groundbreaking U.K. bands such as Cocteau Twins, Magazine, and Dead Can Dance, and when a chunk of the material is from musical heavyweights such as Tim Buckley (the haunting "Song to the Siren"), Alex Chilton of Big Star (the devastating "Holocaust" and the heartbreakingly lovely "Kangaroo"), and Colin Newman of Wire (the rockin' "Not Me"), you're bound to come up with something that will be remembered and revered by old-school Goths everywhere. This is lush, hypnotic, astonishingly beautiful. --Lorry Fleming

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Chill Out Album...Ever-5 Stars++++ January 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Of all the record companies who have influenced modern music,I reckon none have done so as much as 4AD records.From Indie rock to trance,from alternate sounds to ambient-this company had groups that were always one step ahead of the rest and were always willing to look beyond the mainstream.When This Mortal Coil were created-an amalgamation of all these groups it was certainly an exciting prospect.Groups like Cocteau Twins,Dead Can Dance,The Wolfgang Press,etc working together to write songs and also do amazing covers of songs by Tim Buckley,Alex Chilton,etc-it was a daunting prospect and one that worked so amazingly well.It also provided a great introduction to try out the music of those 4AD groups properly.
As you can imagine with so many people working on an album-the sounds of the tracks are quite diverse.The difference between Howard Devoto of Buzzcocks fame singing Holocaust with it's piano's and cello to the Indie guitar romp track 11 "Not Me".Liz Fraser does the most amazing cover version of Buckley's "Song To The Siren"-comparisons to the original are quite startling.She almost has this soothing spiritual lilt that sounds sort of Asian,and this accompanies the most amazingly gentle shimmering guitar from Robin Guthrie-I didn't know it was a guitar until I read the innersleeve and this was made in the early 80's long before studio trickery could be used so effectively.Compare this to Lisa Gerard's frightening hypnotic vocals on the track "Dreams Made Flesh"-they're described as "yang t'chin" vocals and they are just unbelievable.Her Dead Can Dance partner Brendan Perry plays what called a bass drone-which sounds like some sort of Ancient Greek instrument.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely and sometimes heartbreaking 4AD classic November 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
IT'LL END IN TEARS is the first album of This Mortal Coil, a loose collective gathered by 4AD record-label head Ivo-Watts Russell. It's twelve tracks come together to form the epitome of the "4AD sound" that characterized the label up until the mid-90s.
The amount of talent in this release is captivating. The cover of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" is performed by Liz Fraser (voice) and Robin Guthrie (guitar) of Cocteau Twins, and Liz's divine voice fits the song perfectly. Liz Fraser provides the vocals also for the sweet "Another Day." "Barramundi" is a piece by Cocteau Twin's bassist Simon Raymonde, and its dark brooding nature creates a truly Gothic soundscape. "Dreams Made Flesh" and "Waves Become Wings" feature Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance in two beautiful early efforts.
Just as crucial to the loveliness of the music is the excellent design by 23 Envelope (now v23), 4AD's in-house design team led by the magisterial Vaughan Oliver. The photography and layout of the album is truly beautiful.
Granted, there are a few tracks on this album which do not live up to the heartbreaking sweep of the others, "Kangaroo" is rather dull, but IT'LL END IN TEARS captures an era, a record label, and collaborative genius wonderfully.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life, Love and Sorrow in the eightees May 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
TMC really captures the new wave eightees sound with this album. My sister, dressed in black in those days, used to play this album to death, which was why I pretended to not like it, while in reality I secretly recorded her album on cassette to play it on pirate-radio and in clubs myself. Looking back I'm convinced that TMC (and Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser in particular) took down many barriers that existed between 'alternative' and other genres. At the end of DANCE club-nights I could easily get away with playing Song To The Siren, and I still recall that as being a VERY exceptional experience back in 84 and 85. I could not only feel shivers down my own spine, but saw it happening to the crowd as well. Almost each track of this album is comforting to listen to when in sorrow, this is music you'll feel, no matter what your age is or where you come from.
I have always remembered the cleanliness of this album, but it would have gotten 5 stars from me if it didn't have those very few technical engineering's imperfections (but you have to be really into that to let them bother you).
Probably the most important thing about It'll End In Tears is that to me it's still getting better everytime I play it, and music that doesn't bore me is rare. I totally love this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why should you have this in your collection November 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the first of 3 Mortal coils and is the brainchild of the founding fathers of the 4AD label.This is a combination of artists that were on the label at the time and include coctaua twins, dead can dance and others.Performing mostly covers albeit obscure ones with great instrumental interludes is a trip through the looking glass and beyond.If you like to listen to a meld of music that flows in and out of time then this is for you.The "Coils" have often been pushed into the "Goth" catogory but are beyond actual defenition.This was released in the early 80`s and untill a reprinting in 98 was hard to find.The songs are uncoventional and beautiful. They fit together like hand and glove.If you are looking for something to just take you away then this is it.If you pick this up you will not be dissapointed because it is a great CD and worth adding to your collection
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece...... very necesary ina ...
masterpiece......very necesary ina a art collection!!!
Published 1 day ago by Dr. Javier E. Chinchilla Calix
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag
Given the nature of the compilation a mixed bag is to be expected. I really enjoy three of the songs (especially Song to The Siren) the rest are not bad.
Published 6 months ago by Torebl
5.0 out of 5 stars itll end in tears cd
This music is so soft that's probably why Peter Jackson would put song of the sirens in the lovely bones i put this in my discman at night and i fall asleep.
Published 7 months ago by thomas henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic dream pop
If you're into the artists that 4AD had on its roster in 1984, you'll probably already have heard this album on vinyl or tape. Read more
Published 7 months ago by P. Mander
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I bought this on vinyl in 1986 and had mixed feelings but after two or three listens I was blown away especially with the vocal quality. Read more
Published 9 months ago by James Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album from the eighties.
All reviews here are gushing. Nothing to add. Devastatingly good. Own it or miss out.

FYT is ridiculous. It is decades ahead of its time.
Published 12 months ago by Todd Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Heard this playing in all places on a train and i asked the passenger if he knew the song and he told me as it was in his collection so i tracked it down,now i have my own and jusr... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Stephen L. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing Yet Chilling Music
I came upon this album when I first listened to "Song to the Siren," which has enthralled my whole being. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Zadius Sky
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly beautiful
Especially the stand-out tracks with Lisa Gerrard, such as "Song of the Siren". When it was released, this album opened up a whole new world of sound and aesthetics to me. Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by Baranabus
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody and Magnificent
I decided to buy It'll End in Tears after watching a rerun of 'The Lovely Bones' and listening to Song to the Siren - sung by Liz Frazer. Read more
Published on January 22, 2012 by Rosemary
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