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Blood

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Lacemaker
  2. Mr. Somewhere
  3. Andialu
  4. With Tommorow
  5. Loose Joints
  6. You And Your Sister
  7. Nature's Way
  8. I Come And Stand At Every Door
  9. Bitter
  10. Baby Ray Baby
  11. Several Times
  12. Lacemaker II
  13. Late Night
  14. Ruddy And Wretched
  15. Help Me Lift You Up
  16. Carolyn's Song
  17. D.D. And E.
  18. 'Til I Gain Control Again
  19. Dreams Are Like Water
  20. I Am The Cosmos
  21. (Nothing But) Blood


Product Details

  • 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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I've read through all the reviews posted before mine, and can't fathom how the more prolific reviewers somehow disliked this album. I've been surfing around amazon to make up a silly list of all-time masterpieces, and this is the first disc I checked up on.
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.
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Blood includes the talents of Alison Limerick, Kim Deal, Tanya Donelly and Heidi Berry. Haunting voices drift across ethereal soundscapes in a harmonious blend of their own material and songs by legends like Gene Clark and David Crosby, among others. Strange things happen as the meandering music carries one eastward to bliss in isles of orchids and westward to wonder in the isles of the blessed. They equal one of their most beautiful interpretations, Tim Buckley's Song To The Siren (from 1986's Filigree And Shadow) on their version of Mary Margaret O'Hara's Help Me Lift You Up, in a quivering, atmospherical treatment. An uncompromisingly poetic collection where the lyrics and music have been meticulously crafted to paint the most vivid moodscapes in pieces like With Tomorrow, The Lacemaker, the sorrowful I Come And Stand At Every Door and Late Night, a sweet interpretation of the Syd Barrett song. A glorious epitaph to an idea that produced some of the most magical music of the late 80s/early 90s.
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Another reviewer below said that this album lacked the talents of classic 4AD artists like Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance. Well, the Cocteaus had already left the label, and DCD were working on "Aion" and "A passage in time". More important, the musical climate had changed since TMC's last effort "Filigree and shadow", and it would've been inappropriate for an avantgarde project to repeat the ideas and sounds of previous albums. And there are still many 4AD artists involved, just look at Heidi Berry, Kim Deal(Breeders), Tanya Donelly(Belly), Pieter Nooten(Clan Of Xymox), or John Fryer(producer). Overall, "Blood" shifts the focus from independent rock to contemporary chamber music and drumless ballads. This album comes up with a great variety of styles, including exceptionally beautiful synth passages ("The lacemaker", "Mr. Somewhere", "Several times"), psychedelic guitar rock ("I come and..", "I am the cosmos"), and several interesting cover versions. "Blood" is TMC's most ambitious effort and represents a singularly charming and disarming album. Only some underdeveloped tracks annoy, the rest is flawless. Personally, I think "Blood" remains the 4AD label's last true avantgarde album.
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Although the music of the eighties is best remembered for its over-produced bombast, beneath the mainstream was a diversity and creativity that should be envied by purveyors of today's roster. Four A.D. had a reputation for quality and distinction, and its founder Ivo Watts-Russell's project, This Mortal Coil, brought together some of the brightest talents from the label for their 45-minute debut album in 1984, It'll End In Tears. This collected new versions of a number of hand-picked songs, all beautifully performed and sung, and each linked by some newly-created instrumental passages. It was sufficiently successful for a follow-up, Filigree And Shadow, to be made two years later, promoted to double-album length.

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.
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