It'll End in Tears

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It'll End in Tears
Studio album by This Mortal Coil
Released 1 October 1984 (1984-10-01)
Recorded Blackwing Studios
Genre Gothic rock, dream pop
Length 44:12
Language English
Label 4AD
Producer John Fryer and Ivo Watts-Russell
This Mortal Coil chronology
Sixteen Days/Gathering Dust
It'll End in Tears
Filigree & Shadow
Singles from It'll End in Tears
  1. "Song to the Siren"
    Released: September 1983
  2. "Kangaroo"
    Released: August 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork (9.0/10)[2]

It'll End in Tears is the first album released by 4AD collective This Mortal Coil, an umbrella title for a loose grouping of guest musicians and vocalists brought together by label boss Ivo Watts-Russell. The album was released on 1 October 1984, and reached #38 on the UK Albums Chart. It features many of the artists on the 4AD roster at the time, including Cocteau Twins, Colourbox, and Dead Can Dance; as well as key post-punk figure Howard Devoto, who sang "Holocaust", one of two covers of songs from the Third/Sister Lovers album by Big Star. The other Alex Chilton-penned track, album opener "Kangaroo", was released as a single to promote the album. Two key songs were performed by Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, including Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren", which reached #66 on the UK Charts when released as This Mortal Coil's debut single a year before the album. The song remained on the UK Indie Chart for almost two years. Fraser also performed on "Another Day" by Roy Harper, a track that had previously been covered as a duet by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush for the latter's TV special. 4AD would go on to release two further albums under the name of This Mortal Coil: Filigree & Shadow (1986) and Blood (1991).

Valentino Records, a sublabel of Atco Records, released the album in the United States in late 1984, the only time a This Mortal Coil album was released simultaneously in the UK and the US. All three This Mortal Coil albums were later re-released in the US in 1993 on 4AD/Warner Brothers, and in 1998 solely on 4AD. A remastered and repackaged CD edition of It'll End in Tears was issued with the complete This Mortal Coil recordings in a self-titled box set, released in late November 2011. The CD was released individually shortly thereafter.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Interpreted by Length
1. "Kangaroo"   Alex Chilton Gordon Sharp, Simon Raymonde 3:30
2. "Song to the Siren"   Larry Beckett, Tim Buckley Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie 3:30
3. "Holocaust"   Alex Chilton Howard Devoto 3:38
4. "Fyt"   Ivo Watts-Russell, John Fryer (Instrumental) 4:23
5. "Fond Affections"   Rema-Rema Gordon Sharp 3:50
6. "The Last Ray"   Watts-Russell, Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde Simon Raymonde 4:08
7. "Another Day"   Roy Harper Elizabeth Fraser 2:54
8. "Waves Become Wings"   Lisa Gerrard Lisa Gerrard 4:25
9. "Barramundi"   Simon Raymonde Simon Raymonde 3:56
10. "Dreams Made Flesh"   Lisa Gerrard Lisa Gerrard 3:48
11. "Not Me"   Colin Newman Robbie Grey, Simon Raymonde 3:44
12. "A Single Wish"   Gordon Sharp, Steven Young, Simon Raymonde Gordon Sharp 2:26


Album chart placings[edit]

Singles chart placings[edit]


  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "It'll End in Tears - This Mortal Coil -AllMusic". Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned (8 December 2011). "This Mortal Coil: HDCD Box Set - Album Reviews - Pitchfork". Retrieved 27 June 2015.