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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Louis XIV's first album was a sleazy, breezy dose of AC/DC-inspired rawk & roll that put over its swagger with a cheesy wink and a playfully sexy bump and grind. It was the kind of record Brian Johnston might put on when he's sitting down at home to relax; totally silly and a lot of fun. Their second album Slick Dogs and Ponies is a decidedly darker effort with a greasy strand of evil congealing right below the surface. The sound of the album is much fuller and less punchy, songs are weighted down by gloomy strings, vocals are framed by vocal choirs, and the raunchy guitars that propelled the first album are pushed to the background. It's a more mature and substantial ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Louis XIV's first album was a sleazy, breezy dose of AC/DC-inspired rawk & roll that put over its swagger with a cheesy wink and a playfully sexy bump and grind. It was the kind of record Brian Johnston might put on when he's sitting down at home to relax; totally silly and a lot of fun. Their second album Slick Dogs and Ponies is a decidedly darker effort with a greasy strand of evil congealing right below the surface. The sound of the album is much fuller and less punchy, songs are weighted down by gloomy strings, vocals are framed by vocal choirs, and the raunchy guitars that propelled the first album are pushed to the background. It's a more mature and substantial sound, but the record isn't quite as bouncey and goofy as Best Little Secrets Are Kept. The lyrics are less fun, too. The songs tell tales of modern life gone wrong, derailed by sordid sex, drug use, and all sorts of unpleasantness. "Stalker" is grimy and might leave you wanting a shower, or at least a quick spin of a Donovan record, to make you feel clean again. "Hopesick" is a the kind of weary, beaten ballad you'd expect from an arena rock band on their seventh album; it sounds tattered and desperate, like they can barely even function as a band. The moments of rocked-out swagger are still here, but are ultimately drowned out by a musical and lyrical heaviness that turns the album into a downer. Of course, there's no reason a band can't make a depressing and bleak album if they want to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678997044
  • Catalog Number: 295420
  • Sales rank: 171,376

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis XIV Primary Artist
Larry Corbett Strings
Joel Derouin Strings
Armen Garabedian Strings
Alain Johannes Flute, Guitar
Evan Wilson Strings
John Wittenberg Strings
Mark Maigaard Piano, Drums, Glockenspiel
Darrin McCann Strings
Sara Parkins Strings
Reginald Brown Strings
Andrew Schulman Strings
James Edwards Armbrust Bass, Group Member
Steve Richards Strings
Shaun Cornell Piano
Brian Karscig Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Vocals, ARP
Tereza Stanislav Strings
Connie Carter Strings
Jason Staehler Hill Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, ARP, Group Member
Mister Brian Joseph Karscig Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, ARP, Group Member
Helen Lueng Strings
Mister Raymond Suen Strings
Mario de León Strings
James Armburst Bass Guitar
J. Staehler Hill Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, ARP
Natasha Schneider Bass, Harpsichord
Technical Credits
Andy Davis Contribution
Louis Clark Contribution
David Campbell String Arrangements
Curtis Johnson Contribution
Craig Kallman Contribution
Dave Schultz Mastering
Jennifer Tzar Cover Photo
Al Guerra Contribution
Kevin Weaver Contribution
Robert Dodds Contribution
Steve Kingston Contribution
Capone Contribution
Phil Manning Contribution
Matt Cogger Contribution
Andrew Schulman Cello Arrangement, Contribution
Mike Halloran Contribution
John Rubeli Contribution
Gary Gorman Contribution
Jed The Fish Contribution
Paul Sinclair Contribution
Warren Salyer Contribution
Dane Venable Contribution
Leigh Lust Contribution
Garett Michaels Contribution
David Burrier Contribution
Ben Hasdovic Contribution
Jason Hill Audio Production
The Killers Contribution
John Hofstetter Artwork, Web Design
Robby Fraser Contribution
Julie Greenwald Contribution
Shaun Cornell Contribution
Brian Karscig Composer
Livia Tortella Contribution
David Saslow Contribution
Philip Botti Contribution
Tiffany Staton Producer, Art Manager
Brian Orloff Contribution
Cyndi Lynott Contribution
Aaron Axelson Contribution
Greg Bergen Contribution
Keith Dakin Contribution
Glenn Fukushima Contribution
Chris Goyette Contribution
Camilla Gwilt Contribution
Andrew Harms Contribution
Jason Staehler Hill Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Inlay Photography
Michael Jobson Contribution
Sue Jobson Contribution
Mister Brian Joseph Karscig Producer, String Arrangements
Torsten Luth Contribution
D. Dominique Nieto Contribution
Stacy Palm Contribution
Vanessa Perego Contribution
Pete Pisatoro Contribution
Ron Poore Contribution
Kirsten Prunty Contribution
Murray Richman Contribution
Sheila Richman Contribution
Gene Sandbloom Contribution
Kirk Sommer Contribution
Mark Sovel Contribution
Carole Spencer Contribution
Mister Raymond Suen String Arrangements
Aaron Swanton Contribution
Max Tolkoff Contribution
Kevin Weatherly Contribution
Kimberly Weingart Contribution
Kelsey Wenner Contribution
Willobee Contribution
Lisa Worden Contribution
Natasha Schneider Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    like nothing you have ever heard before

    I've been a fan of Louis XIV for long time, and this album encapsulates what I've come to expect from the guys (who also happen to be some of the nicest guys you will ever meet): it's gritty, melodic, relentless and unapologetically sexy. It is the perfect CD for a drive to the beach with the windows down. Play it LOUD.

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