Louis XIV – Slick Dogs And Ponies

January 25, 2008

Ambitious third album from San Diego based band Louis XIV starts out all glam rock and punkish, as decadent and playfully nasty as they’ve ever been, but by the last two tracks, they’ve jumped into a bigger, more epic sound, awash in strings arranged by Beck’s dad, David Campbell. That it all hangs together as a coherent pice is a pretty nifty trick by a band expanding their horizons by quite a lot on Slick Dogs And Ponies. It’s easily their best album. Standout cuts: “Air Traffic Control,” “There’s A Traitor In This Room,” “Stalker” and “Hopesick.”



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