Vicious Vicious

Blood & Clover

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From the Flaming Lips-esque psychedelia of the opening track, "That's Not How It's S'pose to Be," to the sticky nostalgia of "Sinister Summer," Vicious Vicious has managed to craft a feel-good, skewed pop record with the awkward eccentricity and pop smarts of Ween and early Beck. The hooks throughout can be repetitive, but they're absolutely indelible in a lo-fi, accidentally-stumbling-into-brilliance sort of way. And like the Ween boys, Vicious Vicious' Erik Appelwick has a knack for making any music genre his own, whether it be smooth indie funk ("Shake That Ass on the Dance Floor") or soulful '70s-styled pop ("Blue Tuesday"). In the gatefold, Appelwick is pictured in a vintage T-shirt that says "Have a golden day!" And it's this image that best sums up the M.O. of the band -- golden sunshine, four-track goodness. "Save me from another sinister summer." You got that right.

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