01 - Rain Parade 05:15
02 - Stay With Me Tonight 04:54
03 - Beggars In The Rain 04:51
04 - Like Foxes In The Snow 02:23
05 - Ho Baby 03:30
06 - Don't Let Me Down 05:06
07 - Girl, What's Your Name? 03:51
08 - Ambulance Ambulance 02:15
09 - Charmed Life 04:01
10 - We Don't Call It Love 04:25
What is it about the word "tonight" that sounds so right to boys?
Does it have a secret gender affinity? When Erik Appelwick - a man
you can spot somewhere in the frame of every Twin Cities music
scene snapshot (record producer, former Hopeful, current Tapes 'N
Tapes bassist) - croons "Why don't you stay with me tonight?" on
the new Vicious Vicious album Parade, all the reasons a girl could
usually list on two hands are suddenly lost to her tongue. The
third release by this sweet-and-vicious side project, in which
Appelwick seduces with wingmen Adrian Suarez (on bass) and Heath
Henjum (on drums), makes no promises about what will happen when
the sun rises and last night's glitter gets swept into the
dustbin. Pop bubbles burst, but that's no reason not to blow them.
On Parade, guitar chords twinkle in the background, leaving organ
melodies to provide the mellow glow that lights this party up.
With shimmering chords and drumbeats that make for gentle
shimmying, the songs coast by with a fluid groove that delivers on
Appelwick's long-ago promise to mix hip-hop beats with
"roller-skating music." The bass lines that pad along like cat's
paws are funk, but declawed. And Appelwick sings with a shallow
exhalation calibrated to breathing come-ons into might-be-willing
ears. Except when he's singing baby. Baaaabyyyy is a lyric that,
by FCC regulation, must be delivered in falsetto. Vicious Vicious
might break hearts, but they're not breaking any federal rules.