- Audio CD (July 7, 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: 4ad / Ada
- ASIN: B000009NC7
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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First off, background: TMC is the baby of producer Ivo, main man at 4AD records, which has released a lot of great music from a lot of great musicians: we're talking Pixies, Breeders, Throwing Muses, Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Wolfgang Press, Colourbox (aka M/A/R/R/S - of Pump up the Volume fame), etc. This is not a tiny indie label that is built around one decent artist; 4AD rocks.
TMC is Ivo reigning in various 4AD artists and using them in (sadly only three) albums of uncategorizable, moody music. Most TMC tracks will involve stringed instruments, ambient electronic, piano, diverse percussion, the occasional bass, guitar, choir, and then a ton of sumptuous vocals, almost always female. The first two albums ("It'll End in Tears" and "Filigree and Shadow") feature 4AD artists more consistently; "Blood" is largely a tighter group of instrumental musicians, with vocalists being: predominantly Deirdre Rutkowski; then Caroline Crawley; and then a couple by Alison Limerick, and the excellent "You and Your Sister" with Kim Deal (Pixies/Breeders) and Tanya Donnelly (Throwing Muses/Breeders/Belly).
As for the first two albums: the first (IEIT) was a single LP, and like the next (F&S) was more varied in direction throughout the songs. F&S and Blood are 2xLP, full-length CDs, yet Blood is far more consistent in mood, and flows beautifully.Read more ›
In 1991, after a five year gap, came a second double album, Blood. Although the concept of This Mortal Coil remained the same after It'll End In Tears, the move to the double album format had the effect of extending the original instrumental material that interspersed the songs that were being reinterpreted. In my view, although they serve a valuable purpose in bridging and connecting themes and sounds, as full-length tracks some of them are more valuable as a source of revenue to Ivo, Simon Raymonde and John Fryer than as a necessary part of the artistic integrity of the record, and at worst have a bloating effect that can diminish the total effect of the music. There are also some newly composed songs, however, that are more successful.
The choice of artists drafted in for the project and of the songs chosen to be covered on Blood remains outstanding, and is proof of the taste and discrimination for which the project had earned a reputation, whilst the instrumentation, in particular the gorgeous use of chamber strings, is first class.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Mortal Coil was a sort of supergroup that brought together a range of musicians signed to 4AD under the supervision of label founder Ivo Watts-Russell. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Christopher Culver
I ENJOYED THIS RECORD THE MOST OUT OF THE 3 ORIGINAL THIS MORTAL COIL RELEASES AVAILABLE. I HAD A SAMPLER FROM THE 3 WHICH CAME FROM A BOX SET (PICKED UP AS A COLLEGE DJ), SO I... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by ANGEL
This album is great....music flows easy....what else?
If you like this kind of music then you will find here pleasure and delight
Lushly bleak atmospherics can delve too deeply into mood over substance for an album of this length, providing insightful alternatives in goth-pop evolution but... Read more
This album changed how I listened to, and heard music.
Back in 1992.
It is still a Desert Island Disc. Still some of the finest cover material. Read more
This is what heaven will sound like. The most beutiful /deep/healing/soulful music ever. I've listened to it hundreds of times. The best record ever!Published on May 2, 2007 by A. Pataky
It's so unfortunate. I got Filigree & Shadow from This Mortal Coil and I loved it. This album is uninteresting. Nothing on it is particularly memorable. Read morePublished on March 24, 2007 by Alex S
I bought all three albums around the same time. This one I don't play too often. It's too sugary to my taste (I love DCD and early Cocteau Twins). Read morePublished on May 20, 2005 by Winston Smith
I'm compelled to write by other reviewers who believe this to be the best TMC album. It is not, it is the worst, in my opinion. Read morePublished on August 13, 2004 by K. M. Murphy