Review Revue: Cindytalk – In this World


Most musicians out there have a hard enough time getting their music out to the world, that once it’s there you’d think they would want to make the experience as straightforward as possible. You know, band name, album name, track listing; the whole deal. Many artists, though, seem to thrive on making the whole process a challenge — from the music itself to the album title (how many self-titled albums does Peter Gabriel have again?), to the song titles (Sigur Ros, I’m lookin’ at you). Gordon Sharp’s Cindytalk, known for creating difficult music, released 1988’s In This World as two full-length LPs with the same title, with several different covers. I imagine this led to some really interesting/confusing conversations among people talking about the album (“Man, it’s so intense and noisy!” “What do you mean, it’s totally quiet and boring!!”). Here at the station, it led to one of the albums being taped to the back of the other, with a big note on the front. Not exactly elegant, but it seems to have cleared up any confusion.


“Some fairly grinding noise and a good pounding beat. Maybe someplace between Swans + Scratch Acid w/lots of feedback.”

“1-1 is quiet and nice. A few calm moments amidst the din.”

“H me please & then play me relentlessly.”


“Very overrated.”

“The quiet alb’s a real snoozer, but the loud alb ROCKS!!! Vocals are scary & fuzzy in a real cool way. Also, neat tribal-type rhythms kinda like Sav. Republic.”

“This is devastating & chilling, like Crispy Ambulance. Put it in H.”

“H please. A very ambitious record reflecting KCMU musical directions.”

“Well, what they could be…”

“Gosh, sure is noisy in here! I didn’t like this at first, but I can see why you all like it so. Not sure if I like it that much after listening more. Like Big Black meets Coil. H is good for variety, but this could get overripe too fast.”

“This is starting to suck wind.”

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  1. Ian
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    I imagine they meant Crispy Ambulance, not Cuspy Imbalance.

  2. Levi
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Good call, Ian. Thanks for the clarification. Crispy Ambulance is a band name . . . “Cuspy Imbalance” is maybe some kind of astrological disorder or something.

  3. Damon Creed
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    It’s definitely Crispy Ambulance. I recognize the writing and know the guy who wrote that comment.

    Look at that date sticker in the lower left corner… Added to rotation on 7/29/88. That album is almost old enough to drink and probably drove some Cindytalk detractors to drink. Nonetheless, this one got a lot of spins back then. Has since been reissued on cd, a format that benefits this album greatly because of the quieter pieces. It got frustrating when an album with quiet bits on it like this one got trashed after many, many plays.

  4. Posted July 25, 2009 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    I would SOOOO love to have a bigger copy of this photo for my Cindytalk blog!
    Thanks for sharing it.

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