In This World is a very special record: heartfelt and moving. I first came to cindytalk through Camouflage Heart and saw him perform it live at the ICA, London. It was an incredible performance. It's best to listen to both albums and then the lyrical bit at the end really hits you.
For those who like In This World, Camouflage Heart is a must (it contains some truly soaring / searing moments) and Wappinschaw too. Yes, it can be an acquired taste, but definitely worth acquiring!
On Camouflage Heart there is a note to Elizabeth Fraser asking if there is enough room for three in the rosary . . . Gordon Sharp's accompaniment on the bonus tracks of Cocteau Twins' Garlands is worth listening to.
This is Sharps masterpiece. It alternates between beautiful simple melodic pieces, atmospherics, and massive rushes of intensity. If you are looking for standard song structures, and verse chorus verse stuff, this is not for you. This is not brit pop, or industrial, or metal, or any other identifiable genre. One guy listed the genre as 'gordonesque' and that's the best label I've seen.
There are moments of stunning beauty, and others of child like simplicity. The intense pieces rely on masochistic guitar riffs, dissonance, and harrowing vocals. I am having trouble coming up with words to describe the myriad of emotions conveyed in this music. It is one of my all time favourite records.
As to the sound quality: I ordered the white vinyl and was sorely disappointed. It was unlistenable owing to the massive surface noise. Luckily, the Amazon seller I bought it from offered a refund or he would send me the cd version in compensation. I was hesitant to take the cd offer, but I did in the end. Usually modern cds are compressed to heck, and all of the beautiful natural dynamics in music destroyed. So it was with hesitation I put 'in this world' on. But low and behold, it has been mastered properly!!!!! It sounds great and it maintains the integrity of the original.
I heartily recommend this album to anyone who loves non-mainstream music. It is essential.