This Mortal Coil – It’ll End In Tears (1984)
The first thing I can tell you about Ivo Watts-Russell’s 4AD super group is that it plays for acquired tastes. Constantly switching vocalists and arrangement styles at any given time during a play list, the group choose at times rather obscure songs to cover. It’ll End In Tears, being This Mortal Coil’s first and most approachable album is none the less a wonderful forgotten gem. Released in 1984, almost none of this record sounds outdated. Produced in the classic 4AD sound, by washing the music over with a number of keyboard and reverb treatments. The result is a ethereal, distant yet thoughtful tribute. Those familiar with the dream pop outfit The Cocteau Twins and the medieval world fusion act Dead Can Dance will feel right at home here.
The most admirable trait of the band is ironically its unoriginality. There is a twist however. Whilst This Mortal Coil does little in the effort to write their own songs, the songs they cover are both brilliantly chosen and gorgeously executed. The best cover albums, quite frankly are those which update their original source material, whilst staying in touch with key emotions. This lends poignancy to the proceedings and coupled with This Mortal Coil’s ambient and dreamy soundscapes it also makes the material timeless…sputnikmusic