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
Length 44:12
Language English
Label 4AD
Producer John Fryer and Ivo Watts-Russell
This Mortal Coil chronology
Sixteen Days/Gathering Dust
(1983)Sixteen Days/Gathering Dust1983
It'll End in Tears
Filigree & Shadow
(1986)Filigree & Shadow1986
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. 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]

Chart (1984/5) Peak
on chart
New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart 42 3
UK Albums Chart 38 4
UK Independent Albums Chart 1 35

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.