The Best Little Secrets Are Keptby Louis XIV
Glam -- the mysterious witches' brew of preening vocals, omnivorous sexuality, dandified duds, and fuzzy guitar that found its apotheosis in T. Rex and David Bowie -- was little understood in America. Maybe that's why San Diego's Louis XIV had to go to Paris to record the EPs that would eventually be compiled as The Best Little Secrets Are Kept. To the Bolan formula, bandmates Jason Hill and Brian Karscig (along with departed drummer Mark Maigaad) add sneering put-downs (mostly of women) that owe a bit to the Hives' Howlin' Pelle Almqvist and some giggling silliness (especially on the title track) that might have been inspired by Monty Python. The whole thing, conceived originally as a kind of rock opera about a delusional child who thought he was the French monarch, could come off as a joke if the songs weren't so good. "Finding Out True Love Is Blind" is a laundry list of fetishes, from black girls to redheads to girls with glasses, that would make Mötley Crüe proud, if it wasn't undercut by the titular chorus. Multi-tracked chorus vocals, cello, and vintage guitar choogle fuel "A Letter to Dominique," easily a ringer for an outtake from The Slider, while the hush-hush bondage tale "Pledge of Allegiance" bears the addled swagger of a Rock 'n' Roll Animalera Lou Reed. Only the aimless psychedelia of "Ball of Twine" (seemingly delivered by Elmer Fudd) brings the mood down. At their bell-bottomed best, the dated sonics and sexually regressive lyrics gleefully convey a band that have declared themselves rock stars by fiat. Which is probably how the Sun King would have had it, anyway.
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Performance CreditsLouis XIV Primary Artist
Andrew Shulman Cello
Mark Maigaard Drums
Lindsey Troy Vocals
James Edwards Armbrust Bass,Group Member
Jason Hill Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Brian Karscig Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Mark Anders Maigaard Drums,Group Member
Clayton Bullock Violin
Louis Caverly Violin
Robert Arthur Dodds Guitar
Michelle Negele Viola
Frank Palumbo Trumpet
Jimmy Armbrust Bass Guitar
Technical CreditsMark Maigaard Composer
Jason Hill Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
John Hofstetter Artwork
Brian Karscig Composer,String Arrangements
Sam Buffa Collage
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The critics have innumerable darlings these days. All it takes is a Sex Pistols t-shirt and a guitar to be heralded as the next big thing. I don't know if Louis XIV are the next big thing, but they sound like The Kingsmen playing T. Rex songs, which surely OUGHT to be the next big thing.
I agree with the critics about the sexuality but it is a great rock and roll CD. After buying it randomly because i like "finding out true love is blind" i fell in love with it. This is a great CD if you dont get offended easily.
this music reminds anyone how beautifully mean and vulgar love can be...remember your first time, if it wasn't beautiful, it was fast, and it hurt, and it was with someone you didn't like, or someone you didn't like that much; or your fifth time, or hundredth time....everyone who loves casual sex (protected, of course) and isn't afraid of sexuality in general, get this CD, it's the best of its kind.
I've known the guys in Louis XIV for years, since they went under a different name. They are some of the most down-to-earth, friendly guys out there. Their CD is not meant to be taken seriously. It's supposed to be tongue-in-cheek and fun, and I think it really is. It's meant to be blasted from car windows and shimmied and shaken to. Their live act, if you are lucky enough to catch it, is AWESOME. Jason and Brian have so much fun up on stage. This is the perfect band for people who appreciate old fashioned rock-and-roll that does its own thing and leaves scream-emo in the dust.
I just saw these guys in concert with the Killers and they kick butt! Their songs have a catchy beat and funny lyrics and they're such great performers. Their songs will have you humming them all day long, even if you've only heard it once.