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3.70 | 31 ratings | 3 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. In the Beginning (2:57)
2. Fire Fall (3:34)
3. They Are the Meat (2:40)
4. Melancholy Clumps (1:43)
5. How to Get a Head (4:05)
6. Cain and Abel (3:34)
7. Mr. Misery (2:19)
8. Tent Peg in the Temple (2:54)
9. God's Magic Finger (2:41)
10. Spilling the Seed (2:44)
11. Dinah and the Unclean Skin (3:12)
12. Bathsheba Bathes (2:52)
13. Bridegroom of Blood (4:57)
14. Hanging by His Hair (2:33)
15. The Seven Ugly Cows (2:34)
16. Burn Baby Burn (2:59)
17. Kill Him (2:39)
18. I Hate Heaven (2:50)
19. Judas Saves (3:55)
20. Revelation (5:38)

Total time: 63:20

Line-up / Musicians

Diana Alden / vocals
Laurie Amat / vocals
Carla Fabrizio / vocals, instruments
Linda Goldstein / vocals
Molly Harvey / vocals
Richard Marriott / instruments
The Pavers / instruments
The Residents / arranger

Releases information

-Released in 1998 on CD by East Side Digital
-Released in 1998 on CD by Euro Ralph
-Released in 1998 on CD by Bomba

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THE RESIDENTS Wormwood: Curious Stories From the Bible ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
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THE RESIDENTS Wormwood: Curious Stories From the Bible reviews

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Review by Slartibartfast
3 stars Aaah, some good Biblical music done Residents style. Or, perhaps I should say aaarrrgghh.

Anyone who has done any extensive Bible study will know that there's a lot of odd stuff in there and leave it to the Residents to focus on a bunch of it. Their purpose here is not to mock Judaism or Christianity, but simply to point out some of the weirder tales and verses in the Bible that are often overlooked by mainstream and some of the extreme sects of Biblically based religion. And if you might think they're making anything up, the verses are referenced. "The purpose is to neither vilify or sanctify the book, but to allow it to be humanized."

What you get is an interesting collection of songs about the destruction of Sodom by fire, Earth women being impregnated by angels, God's magic finger, circumcision, masturbation, etc.

Not for the faint of heart, but musically excellent. Rounds down to three.

Review by Dobermensch
4 stars I travelled a dreary 350 miles to see the Residents perform this in '99 in London. I only remember a funny man with very long arms in a big fluffy suit screaming and bawling, but that may be because I was completely mashed at the time.

13 years later, I've a clearer head and can tell you that 'Wormwood' is a very good album indeed.

It's pretty much electronic throughout, combined with lots of unusual vocals, both male and female describing particularly bloody passages from the Bible. Some of it is brilliant , particularly the creepy 'God's Magic Finger'.

More importantly, this album has been well thought out carefully crafted. The fancy booklet with freakish illustrations and running commentary add a lot to the overall feel. Clearly a lot of time and effort went into this recording.

'Wormwood' is the only true concept album the Residents made and it ALMOST made me pick up a bible simply because the they made it seem so interesting. The lyrics are far more relevant than their usual malarky. It does seem a bit overlong in its one hour duration but each of the tracks actually punches home a story, each of which are truly queer and quite frankly disturbing.

My only gripe is the unnecessary and disappointing outro instrumental which kind of detracts from the intensity and weirdness of what has passed.

Probably their best album since ''Eskimo' in '79 But better still will follow in 2005.

Review by LearsFool
COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock Team
4 stars By far one of the better of the post-1980 releases from North Louisiana's phenomenal pop combo, The Residents. Some neat and strange music, ever in their kooky style, is the backdrop for the eyeballs to tell you some Bible stories. Their Sunday School theatre, however, are performances of the stranger, more violent, and more sexy tales from the Tanakh. The weirdest thing about this album, then, is that there's no track for the Song of Solomon. The singing and lyrics are the main and best part, conveying the band's vision of what is described in scripture with all their usual range and skill. And they only describe. That allows the album to work. The music isn't much to write home about, unfortunately, and unlike their masterpieces, but it is still enjoyable and compliments the singing well. A good listen for diehard Residents fans and the curious.

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