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    Bills & Aches & Blues (AIFF, Album) album cover

    VariousBills & Aches & Blues

    Label:4AD – none
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    18 x File, AIFF, Album, 24-bit 96 kHz
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    Genre:Electronic, Rock, Pop
    Style:Abstract

    Tracklist

    1Tkay MaidzaWhere Is My Mind?2:57
    2U.S. GirlsJunkyard2:59
    3Aldous HardingRevival2:17
    4The BreedersThe Dirt Eaters3:34
    5Maria SomervilleSeabird4:36
    6Tune-YardsCannonball3:09
    7Spencer.Genesis4:29
    8Helado NegroFuturism3:10
    9EfterklangPostal4:00
    10Bing & Ruth*Gigantic5:26
    11Future IslandsThe Moon Is Blue4:38
    12Jenny HvalSunbathing2:46
    13Dry CleaningOblivion3:50
    14Bradford CoxMountain Battles6:24
    15Sohn*Song To The Siren4:45
    16Becky And The BirdsThe Wolves (Act I And II)4:30
    17Ex:ReMisery Is A Butterfly5:08
    18Big ThiefOff You4:04
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    Other Versions (5)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    New Submission
    Bills & Aches & Blues (2×CD, Album)4AD4AD 0358CDUS2021
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    Bills & Aches & Blues (2×LP)4AD4AD 0385 LPUS2021
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    Bills & Aches & Blues (2×CD, Album)4AD, 4AD, 4AD4AD 0358CD, 4AD 0358 CD, 4AD0358CDUK & Europe2021
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    Bills & Aches & Blues (2×LP, Album)4AD4AD 0358 LPUK & Europe2021
    New Submission
    Bills & Aches & Blues (2×CD, Album)Beat Records, 4AD4AD0358CDJPJapan2021

    Reviews

    Crijevo's profile picture
    Crijevo
    Sad to say this, but this whole project that is a celebration of 4AD's 40th anniversary is a wasted opportunity - at least judging from the 99% of cover versions offered on this digital release - and "This Mortal Coil" these ain't! Some rely on the originals delivering their mere pale imitations, others are so carried away with their self-indulgent experimentalism they sound like forgetting what they were doing... In most cases, "Bills & Aches & Blues" is a plastic bag of performances as if coming out of "The X Factor".

    A few painful mentions:. Bing And Ruth's piano masturbation that is supposed to be "Gigantic" is deceptively nice chamber music piece but Tori Amos was there first with her creepy version of Slayer's "Raining Blood" many years back... And whatever Bing And Ruth were trying to prove with this, will sure leave many perplexed to bits. Not familiar with Jenny Hval's other work but her version of Lush's "Sunbathing" is one hell of a yawning, lazy nightmare. Tune-Yards remain a personal favourite in 4AD's present catalogue, but here, they too sadly pissed away their opportunity to give the immortal "Cannonball" a far greater touch of their own - instead offering a downright subpar karaoke version, the exaggerated distortion probably being deliberate but all sounding just as painfully forced. "Where Is My Mind" covered by Tkay Maidza suffers even worse for that matter - while not over-distorted, it's a typically lame cover version countless others out there would have probably done much better. And then there's Future Islands - universally overrated, here they just add one more nail in their overrated coffin, turning Colourbox's masterpiece that is "The Moon Is Blue" into a criminally mediocre, toned down, boring imitation. Well, at least Samuel T. Herring isn't devouring the universe with his growls. And what's there to say about Sohn's "Song To The Siren"? Brave for trying but a failure just the same. It audibly leans on Liz Fraser's live rendition from a few years ago - resulting in a pretentious studio reinterpretation, Sohn's own voice all too weepy for its own good, the arrangement drifting all over the place for its own good, too...

    The only spot-on passionate reinterpretation that deserves that one bright star here, is His Name Is Alive's classic "The Dirt Eaters" - performed by The Breeders. It could easily pass for HNIA's very own re-recording as such, while it isn't far from sounding like a lost gem missing from This Mortal Coil's 1991 magnum opus "Blood". Adding to it are Chris Bigg's trademark type designs, but apart from these, the compilation is just one great miss, with most these newer bands and individuals simply not able to compete with the label's glorious past. Sorry.