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  • Audio CD (3 Dec. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wheesht
  • ASIN: B000YI97LQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It's Luxury
  2. Instinct (Backtosense)
  3. Under Glass
  4. Memories Of Skin And Snow
  5. The Spirit Behind the Circus Dream
  6. The Ghost Never Smiles
  7. A Second Breath
  8. Everybody Is Christ
  9. Disintegrate...

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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This Cindytalk album Camouflage Heart is an absolutely brilliant album. I bought it originally in 1984 on vinyl. Gordon Sharp's vocals are wonderful very moving. Originally there was a limited pressing. Cindytalk have there own particular style and for 1984 was way ahead of it's time and as it is a work like no other stands a complete work on it's own and for that reason I haven't stopped playing the album since 1984. The power of the album resonates every time I play the work and like all great art work it communicates directly with you, because from hearing the album you can tell it is from the soul and is a personal document so resonates with you. I have been very fortunate to see Cindytalk many times in recent years and like the albums the gigs draw you into that particular Cindytalk world. Wappinschaw the last of the first set of Cindytalk was much harder to get hold of in it's original vinyl form and after quite a bit of searching found a vinyl copy and as the last of the early set is as-well crafted as Camouflage Heart. Cindytalk now have an extensive back catologue of work of their own and with other artists. Cindytalk in recent years have made more albums all with their stamp and all brilliant in their own right and have a new album set for release in spring 2013
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD
He lets his voice soar into the stratos and down it comes as lead weights each finely spiked with pathos aiming to pierce the marrow bone with its emotional shivers. Dark, feverish fragments twist and turn as the sweat drips down the face and the body heat soars into a boiling froth. An intense white soul linked to a journey into darkness backed with drum machines, guitar and synth repeat white noises, these are the foundations upon which Gordon soars above. Not for dancing or running away into a surrogate euphoria this very firmly pushes the viewer inwards rather than into a clap happy realm.

Sounds akin to the Skinned version of the Swans where the excess flesh was cut away to reveal the internal organs. This would fit next to the Jarboe/Gira early experimentations as an introspective light dangling within an existential howl. It illuminates a loneliness from which the listener can enter and leave by the entrance knowing that the walk in between they are assailed by certain demons of unstated memories.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x945a8da4) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9463c93c) out of 5 stars magnificent album....long live to gordon 8 Dec. 2003
By mauricio porco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
here is one of the most mysterious and enigmatic artist ever exist ...his name gordon sahrp the only one leader of this magnificent band....for me gordon is the greatest voice evr heard before..you will be amazed and shock when you listen to
the voice of this guy attached with the bizarre and psychedelic twisted sound of cindy talk band....explosive ,mysterious,bizarre and sometimes noisy
all this sound sumerged in an incredible wave of dark terror
sound....
also -in this world album deserve for 5 stars and the wappinchaw album also...any album related to this guy is magnificent.
what else i hope this fantastic musician from the scotish land will come back soon with a new album..
maurice from venezuela south america
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9463c990) out of 5 stars undeniably dark and theatrical 11 Mar. 2008
By Aquarius Records - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a record which was only really meant for about 30 people. Not that only 30 copies of this record were released, or that it is so terminally obscure and willfully difficult that it by design has a marketing ceiling of an elite few. What we mean is that Camouflage Heart is such a personal document of self-realized torment, pain, and sorrow that when Cindytalk embarked on the project, it's hard to imagine that they had any delusions about the intensity of this album and the potential for these songs to alienate beyond a limited few.

At the helm of Cindytalk is transgendered vocalist Gordon Sharp, who to this day is probably still best known as one of the multitude of vocalists who appeared in This Mortal Coil. In many ways, Sharp is the masculine equal to the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser in delivering expressionist falsettos, trills, and banshee wails in an eerie, yet heavenly fashion. He's one of those few vocalists who can make the lyrics embody their content by shaping the words into emotionally charged sound. In fact, Sharp and Fraser had come together for a duet back during the Cocteau Twins' Peel Sessions of 1983. In his 4AD lineage, Gordon Sharp's first band was the criminally overlooked punk-glam ensemble The Freeze, where his Marc Bolan strut matched the nightmarish lyrics on top of some truly fantastic Bowie / Buzzcocks sparkplug riffs. Sharp, alongside fellow Freeze band members John Byrne and David Clancey, found shortcomings in the glam punk agenda, and sought a wholly new direction that became Cindytalk.

While undeniably dark and theatrical, Cindytalk cannot be pigeonholed as an '80s goth band, even in comparison to such off-kilter groups like The Virgin Prunes, Princess Tinymeat, or Sex Gang Children. Camouflage Heart was Cindytalk's first album and originally came out in 1984; and it's an album like those This Heat albums which is quite unique in terms of production and aesthetic. The album opens with the militant drum machine of "It's Luxury" setting the stage for an explosion from a monotone guitar riff, coated in amplifier grit, distortion, and detuned heaviness that comes across as a mix between late-'80s Skullflower and The Cure's Pornography. At this moment, Sharp's voice also erupts into the mix crooning with a downtrod beauty to this industrial dirge, spitting and swooning at the same time.

The next track "Instinct (Back To Sense)" is more of an ambient interlude with distant heartbeat rhythms, haunted with impressionist piano trickles and Sharp's siren song buried between an atmosphere of smoke and mirror. Two more explosive tracks -- "Under Glass" (featuring Mick Harvey from the Birthday Party for a disjointed stutter of abject rock) and "Memories of Skin and Snow" -- are examples of loud / quiet / loud dynamics, later embraced by the likes of Slint and Mogwai to equally profound effect. "Everybody Is Christ" is often viewed as the pinnacle of Camouflage Heart with its harsh arppegiation of electronics cast against Sharp's heavenly voice. Soon after, the album disintegrates in a cascade of delicate piano, voice, and grim drones.

As Cindytalk had suffered through the fate of several record companies going out of business (first Midnight Records then World Serpent), their work might have been forgotten had it not been for this reissue. Thankfully, that oversight can now be remedies with this long overdue reissue.
HASH(0x9479eeb8) out of 5 stars A soundtrack for the depths of your soul 1 Dec. 2008
By RL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow...what an album. Gordon Sharp's voice is like none other, and frankly so is the rest of this album.

Songs like 'Instinct (Backtosense)' and 'Disintegrate' are Gordon's voice over atmospheric soundscape...it's like he's crying out from pit of despair. The most 'accessible' songs (if that's possible with Cindytalk) would be 'It's Luxury' and 'Memories of Skin and Snow', though his voice and lyrics are always what draw you in.

My favorite song, however, is 'Everybody is Christ'. It just sends a chill up my spine every time I hear it, which, after 20 years, is quite a few times.
HASH(0x9463cc18) out of 5 stars Disintigrate And Ululate 7 Aug. 2008
By Mark Champion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Gordon Sharp's vocal tracks for This Mortal Coil gave little hint as to the sound of what would be Cindytalk: if a soul's joyous reveling in its eternal damnation were to have a soundtrack, this might very well be it. And if everyone really were Christ, it would be a luxury indeed.
HASH(0x9463cbb8) out of 5 stars This Mortal Gordon 7 Aug. 2008
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gordon Sharp's vocal tracks for This Mortal Coil gave little hint as to the sound of what would be Cindytalk: if a soul's joyous reveling in its eternal damnation had a soundtrack, this might very well be it. And if everyone were Christ, it would be a luxury indeed.
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