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Although the Minneapolis group Vicious Vicious began as Erik Appelwick’s moniker for his debut album recorded entirely on four-track, Blood and Clover, it soon grew into a full-blown live band when Darren Jackson, Alex Oana, and Martin Dosh climbed aboard. With the quartet hashing out arrangements of Appelwick’s home recordings, they began making waves in Minneapolis, and the local press started to take notice, earning Appelwick a nomination for best rock recording by the Minnesota Music Academy in 2002. The group earned another nomination by the same academy a year later… - All Music Guide, Gregory McIntosh

The Star Tribune (Minneapolis) had local music buffs, critics, writers, scenesters and taste-makers vote for the best local releases of 2005 and “Don’t Look So Surprised” came in second place only after Atmosphere:

2. VICIOUS VICIOUS “DON’T LOOK SO SURPRISED”
It’s a quick 34 minutes, but in that time we hear VV proprietor Erik Appelwick (also of the Hopefuls, who placed fifth in this poll last year) go from ecstatic romancer to confused lover to lost loner. One thing he doesn’t lose, though, is the beat. Even at its most down, the CD is high on sexy rhythms and electronic flourishes, part Beck, Bowie and Bjrk. No surprise the critics loved it. 126 voter points

The Pioneer Press (St. Paul) voted Don’t Look So Surprised …6 in it’s “Best Local Releases of 2005”:

6. Vicious Vicious, “Don’t Look So Surprised” (The Redemption Recording Co.

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