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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the quartet from San Diego.
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  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. All 10 songs on the album include strings, including the arena-ready 'Air Traffic Control' and the nine-minute 'Hopesick.' Whether these changes represent an improvement for Louis XIV is debatable--mostly it is hit and miss. [Winter 2008, p.83]
  2. 60
    Here they effectively marry T. Rex's trash-glam melodicism to a relentless blue-eyed funk beat. [Feb 2008, p.95]
  3. The moments of rocked-out swagger are fleeting and ultimately drowned out by a musical and lyrical heaviness that turns the album into a real downer.
  4. The San Diego rockers haven’t completely reined in their runaway libidos on Slick Dogs and Ponies, but they stray from the devilish attitude that made their brazen dirty talk such a riot.
  5. 30
    Aside from a handful of tunes, little here is all that memorable, namely because the hooks can’t see their way clear of the repetitive, robotic arrangements.
  6. Louis XIV has a considerable amount of work to do for listeners to regard them as more than aimless glam-rock fetishists.
  7. Though more adventurous than 2005's "The Best Little Secrets Are Kept," the band's sophomore LP, Slick Dogs and Ponies, still rings soulless at its core.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. KyleF
    Feb 13, 2008
    10
    Kyle Funks gay, white power.
  2. JimmyT.
    Feb 23, 2008
    10
    Best album of the 2000's
  3. JoeyBagofDonuts
    Mar 29, 2008
    10
    This is a great album.
  4. Kiru
    Feb 22, 2008
    8
    What the hell is up with the rating? Seriously, this one doesn't deserve it.
  5. JWest
    Apr 2, 2008
    3
    I wouldn't agree with the piece of shit comment but it is a pretty bad attempt at jumping on the Jet bandwagon. I loved Air Traffic Control which is what made me buy it. However, after several tries, I have failed to understand how an American band can sound so British. Most of it sucks. I would recommend downloading ATC from Itunes or something and saving your money. Expand
  6. SemolinaP.
    Feb 14, 2008
    2
    Absolutely awful. After the remarkably brilliant tone of their first album, this feels forced, disingenuous and completely flat. One or 2 songs almost catch your ear but this band has either sold out, or traded their bravado for estrogen pills *yack*. Stop trying to change with the times and do what you are good at... Expand
  7. DickW.
    Feb 14, 2008
    0
    This is hands down the worst music piece ever! it was so bad it gave me cancer and made my ears bleed!

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