This Mortal Coil – It’ll End In Tears

For totally 80s Goth fans, this Morrissey-meets-Twin Peaks effort is sure to please. This Mortal Coil, consisting of Dead Can Dance and the Cocteau Twins members, along with other artists from the 4AD roster, is very interesting to say the least.

Like so many 80s and 90s releases, used CDs of It’ll End In Tears are cheap, plentiful, and possess relatively poor sound quality. By comparison, the LPs are tough to find on local store shelves. Amusingly, a few Goth record store clerks I encountered in Portland couldn’t hold back a smile when I asked for the album on vinyl.

ORG again adheres to its consistently high level of quality and production sensibilities. Whether or not This Mortal Coil is your cup of tea, the label should be applauded for producing another creatively outstanding record that’s not just another boring audiophile female vocal set. Pressed in Holland by Furnace MFG, the LP is dead quiet from start to finish, with a very smooth and sultry top end. The silent surface also helps expose the multiple layers of vocals and strings, adding to the songs’ overall creepiness. And I mean that in the best possible way. For those requiring an even more exclusive edition, ORG pressed 500 copies on white vinyl. —Jeff Dorgay

ORG Music, 180g LP