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Thursday, January 6, 2011

This Mortal Coil - Blood

Released : April 22, 1991
Genre : Gothic rock, dream pop
Lenght : 76:15
Label : 4AD

The third and final album by This Mortal Coil, 1991's Blood is neither as unfocused as Filigree & Shadow or as conceptually pure as It'll End in Tears, but it's a solidly enjoyable set. Once again, nearly half the tracks are instrumentals (or tracks with minimal and often wordless female vocals) written by Ivo Watts-Russell and John Fryer, but this batch of tunes holds together much better than the much more amorphous originals on Filigree & Shadow; lengthy atmospheric explorations like "Dreams Are Like Water" sound composed and thoughtful rather than merely pretty. And as always, the covers are brilliantly chosen. The twin highlights are two songs written by Big Star's Chris Bell; "I Am the Cosmos" is reinterpreted as a ragged, brink-of-chaos rocker that sounds like it could have been on Big Star's post-Bell magnum opus, Third, while a delicate acoustic version of "You and Your Sister" with wispy, unsure vocals by Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly ranks with the first album's reinterpretation of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" as one of the group's masterpieces. Other gems include a near-symphonic reading of Spirit's "Nature's Way" and a version of Syd Barrett's "Late Night" that strips the song down to not much more than Caroline Crawley's voice and a low-frequency hum.

Tracks

1. The Lacemaker
2. Mr. Somewhere
3. Andialu
4. With Tomorrow
5. Loose Joints
6. You And Your Sister
7. Nature's Way
8. I Come And Stand At Every Door
9. Bitter
10.Baby Ray Baby
11.Several Times
12.The Lacemaker II
13.Late Night
14.Ruddy And Wretched
15.Help Me Lift You Up
16.Carolyn's Song
17.D.D. And E.
18.'Til I Gain Control Again
19.Dreams Are Like Water
20.I Am The Cosmos
21.(Nothing But) Blood


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