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Tainted Ambrosia

by Wordblender

Music - Spoken Word - Like you've never heard... until now.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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1. Cross-Pollution
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2. Seven Year Void
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3. Twelve By Six By Zero
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4. Tired
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5. Stop At Blue Video
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6. Hot Dog
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7. Like Lizards Crawling Through My Skin
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8. Mr. Sun
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9. Telescope With a Diamond Lens
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10. Cemetery Life
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11. Dodging the Ghost
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12. X
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13. Another New Year's Eve
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14. Where Am I ?
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28. Bonus Track
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"RJ May's writing is vivid, flitting from abstract to detailed and, when paired with Pnapper's music, makes for a provocative listening experience." - The Seattle Times

Prolific? WORDBLENDER has managed to release three full length CDs in two years. 2003 harkens the arrival of both Nectar and Tainted Ambrosia. Two albums, two very different themes, created by two artists (Pnapper and RJ May) bursting with artistic energy. WORDBLENDER is a music/spoken word/mish-mash of nearly every possible genre of sound found in modern culture. They seek to expand the boundaries of what has become a predictable landscape of spoken word and music.

Tainted Ambrosia is a dark piece of work, a complete and total contrast to Nectar (released on the same day). As far as substance is concerned, this album seems to be the true follow-up to their debut record In Vino Veritas. The main ingredients: alcohol, alienation, depression, reclusiveness, sex, childhood psychology, suicide, addiction, overdose, blame, confusion... and a bit of humor thrown in to taste.

The artwork adds to the music. Renowned artist Rick Klu did the original artwork for the cover and booklet. A 20-page full-color booklet with all lyrics is included.

Tainted Ambrosia plays like a book reads, moving from chapter to chapter with a flow aided by random vocal recordings and samples from movies. RJ May claims that the album is an "exorcism of personal demons." Indeed, some of these poems rattle the very essence of the soul. Pnapper answered May's battle cry with music that rides the edge of a razor, leaving a trail of emotions, forcing the brain and body to react. This is serious stuff. Art for the ears!

A quick rundown of Wordblender’s Tainted Ambrosia:
“Cross-Pollution” opens the CD with a horn section setting a groove that undermines a call to the gods: “Is anyone listening?” The guitar work on “Seven Year Void” is nothing short of disturbing circus music and May’s words offer no forgiveness. “Twelve By Six By Zero” addresses a certain 12-step program from an impossible non-recovering standpoint. Fans have claimed “Tired” to be Wordblender’s first true masterpiece, a song that eventually finds funk within veins full of painkillers. The phone call to a porn shop that precedes “Stop at Blue Video” is hilarious… and then the song, driven by the sound of a straw moving in and out of a Big Gulp, is both naughty and pathetically right on. “Hot Dog” must be heard to be believed. “Like Lizards Crawling through My Skin” is another funky/jazzy gem delivered with raw abandon (this track is oddly compelling). “Mr. Sun” marks a turning point of the CD; even in its deep freeze this is the last ray of hope. From here on out we wander through a sonic labyrinth that is icy and wicked. “Telescope With a Diamond Lens” throws a fuck-you finger at family issues while riding a sonic heaviness. Performed acoustically, “Cemetery Life” deals with the darkness of a broken relationship. Immediately following that is a tear-jerker (“Dodging the Ghost”) that deals with an overdose and ends in a brutal vocal assault (this song is obviously the follow up to “Thursday” from In Vino Veritas). If you as a listener are still hanging on, “X” will blow your ears out. “Another New Year’s Eve” and “Where Am I?” end the assault on the senses much as the CD started: by finding no answers, no gods to get answers from, nothing but “the gray emptiness of dawn.” Indeed, at the end of the rainbow, the ambrosia lies putrefied. RJ May seems to be drowning in his own shit, and willingly so. Tainted Ambrosia is a fascinating listening experience.


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Le chauve; artist/nut

"At the end of the rainbow, the ambrosia lies putrefied..."
Their best work in an already short, strange, and twisted history. The fire burns hot in these two artists, and Tainted Ambrosia glows from within, with a passion and agony that begs a captive audience. “Seething on the in...” indeed. Audacious and profound – this album has a little of everything: haunted calliope music, straight up funk, self-depreciating humor, beautiful lilting melodies, and nightmare dirges. It also includes, what is in this reviewer’s ears, their best song to date: “Tired.” If this is an indication of the direction this project is headed, be prepared to be hearing a lot about Wordblender in the future. C’est magnifique!
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James Duckworth

Five Stars
This CD is worth 5 stars as far as I’m concerned. I only give 4 or 5 stars. When I was young my mother said that if you do not have anything good to say then don’t say nothing at all. So, if I buy a CD and I am sorry I did that…my response is to not rate it at all. If I am glad I got it I give it 4 stars. If I am overjoyed that I bought that CD it gets 5 stars.
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Swimming Eagle

Unique, exploratory
Every once in a while, I run across something that goes beyond conventional thinking... It doesn't happen too often in a world of cranked out formulaic, blow mold plastic bullsh*t. Well, this record goes above and beyond all those ordinary things... It is real, it is thought provoking, it is extraodinarily creative. There are so many things going on here in the album. The recording is flawless, crisp, and multilayered. This album is perfect for: partying, dancing, thinking, sex, cooking, drinking, painting, cleaning the house, washing the car, giving your girlfriend a bubble bath, driving, getting high, turning the lights out, turning the lights on, writing, breathing, doing yard work, doing drugs, getting f@cked up, treating yourself good, treating someone else good, hanging on to it all, letting go, finding yourself, finding her, him, it, or them. Go do it yourself now... Wordblender will help you... It helps me on a daily basis. Seriously, do yourself a favor, and get this album!!!!!!!!
Swimming E.
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