It'll End in Tears

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).

It'll End in Tears
Studio album by
Released1 October 1984 (1984-10-01)
StudioBlackwing Studios
ProducerJohn 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: 1 September 1983
  2. "Kangaroo"
    Released: 1 August 1984
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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.[4]

In 2018, Pitchfork ranked It'll End in Tears at number eight on its list of "The 30 Best Dream Pop Albums".[1]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Interpreted byLength
1."Kangaroo"Alex ChiltonCindy Sharp, Simon Raymonde3:30
2."Song to the Siren"Larry Beckett, Tim BuckleyElizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie3:30
3."Holocaust"Alex ChiltonHoward Devoto3:38
4."Fyt"Ivo Watts-Russell, John Fryer(Instrumental)4:23
5."Fond Affections"Rema-RemaCindy Sharp3:50
6."The Last Ray"Watts-Russell, Robin Guthrie, Simon RaymondeSimon Raymonde4:08
7."Another Day"Roy HarperElizabeth Fraser2:54
8."Waves Become Wings"Lisa GerrardLisa Gerrard4:25
9."Barramundi"Simon RaymondeSimon Raymonde3:56
10."Dreams Made Flesh"Lisa GerrardLisa Gerrard3:48
11."Not Me"Colin NewmanRobbie Grey, Simon Raymonde3:44
12."A Single Wish"Cindy Sharp, Steven Young, Simon RaymondeCindy Sharp2:26



Chart (1984–85) Peak
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 42
UK Albums Chart 38
UK Independent Albums Chart 1



  1. ^ a b "The 30 Best Dream Pop Albums". Pitchfork. 16 April 2018. p. 3. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  2. ^ Mason, Stewart. "It'll End in Tears – This Mortal Coil". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  3. ^ Aston, Martin (December 2018). "This Mortal Coil: It'll End in Tears". Mojo (301): 104.
  4. ^ a b Raggett, Ned (8 December 2011). "This Mortal Coil: HDCD Box Set". Pitchfork. Retrieved 27 June 2015.