Call me crazy, but I don't think PITCHFORK is overly fond of LOUIS XIV and their newest disc, SLICK DOGS AND PONIES.
Maybe it's the 2.5 rating that gives it away. Or this: "Testosterone-fueled rock at its least appealing extremes." (Oh my!) "Disgusting." (Ouch!) "Dull." (Heavens to Betsy!)
Then again, there's this: "... [F]ollowing their debut's asscrack-on-the-bathroom-tile smut, [SLICK DOGS] looks like a freakin' Van Gogh." (Ahh... high praise if ever I've heard it!) (And you have to admit: A 2.5 rating beats the living crap out of the 1.2 their first album was granted. So, you see? Things are looking up!)
Actually, I'm not overly enamored with this San Diego quartet's aggressively-oversexed schtick, either. There are countless bands that do the '70s-Stones/alternative-glam-rock thing a hell of a lot more competently and convincingly than these party-hearty poseurs. But Fridays were all-but-designed for over-amped backbeats and cock-rock riffs, and it just so happens that Louis XIV are on hand to supply them....
LOUIS XIV on MySPACE.
From the LP SLICK DOGS AND PONIES, 2008 >>>
[MP3] "Misguided Sheep"
From the LP THE BEST LITTLE SECRETS ARE KEPT, 2005 >>>
[MP3] "A Letter to Dominique"
[MP3] "Finding Out True Love is Blind"