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Best Little Secrets Are Kept

Louis XIVAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0007QS4TQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Louis XIV
2. Finding Out True Love Is Blind
3. Paper Doll
4. God Killed the Queen
5. A Letter to Dominique
6. Illegal Tender
7. Pledge of Allegiance
8. Hey Teacher
9. All the Little Pieces
10. Ball of Twine

Editorial Reviews

For a hip, modern boy, Louis XIV's Jason Hill has plenty of old school rock star attitude. On his San Diego trio's debut album he declares himself a "weapon of mass destruction" and then backs it up with salacious come-ons meant to offend as they intrigue ("I know you want a strangle / Or a mouthful of gasoline / Or to be tied up and stoned"). Lyrical allusions to T. Rex and the Kinks tell only part of Louis XIV's actual musical journey. Hill may fancy Marc Bolan and Ray Davies as elegant dandies, and occasionally borrow their lightweight shuffles to great effect. However, his own proper terrain is the thorny inquisition of the Fall's Mark E. Smith. Here, his band throttles in kind, motoring a cantankerous rhythm section that's every bit as vicious as fellow modern day malcontents the Libertines or White Stripes. --Jaan Uhelszki

Product Description

The San Diego-based combo's eagerly anticipated new album The Best Little Secrets Are Kept is a uniquely magnificent collection that's truly fit for a king. The brainchild of musician/producer Jason Hill along with Brian Karscig, Mark Maigaard, & Jimmy Armbrust, Louis XIV have already drawn acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic with their inventive melange of royally raucous riffs and big bawdy beats. Atlantic. 2005.

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Tilt BritPop May 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
All finally happened! BritPop is ready to peak with Louis XIV. With the exception of Jack White's White Stripes, there hasn't been a band like this one in more than a decade. Jason Hill and Brian Karscig have resurrected an incredible range of influences while doing original songs with dirtier lyrics and pushing the whole show to a higher plane. Kick-ass riffs, chunking rhythm, snarling in-your-face lyrics......this is what is has always been about and Hill and Karscig and drummer Mark Maigaard are making sure it stays that way. All Hail Rock And Roll!

OK, where do I start? Oh....obviously The lyrics, god...the lyrics!

Little Stacy Q/When she doesn't have anything to do/She comes to my house/She takes off her clothes/She likes to tell this boy what to do/Pledges her allegiance to the United States of ME

Milkshake, milkshake/I love to see you sweat/

Sing me a song/Bang me like the girls in Hong Kong/politics is so much better when there's sex

girl, well you're lookin' like somethin I won/and your little Asian friend/she can come if she wants

I want miss little smart girl with your glasses and all your books/and I want the stupid girl that gives me all those dirty looks/(she says) wind you up and make you crawl to me/tie you up until you call to me

there are lots more....get the CD!

I've been around way too long (I heard Not Fade Away the 1st time AM radio played it) but the list of bands that absolutely nailed me first time out is short.....Louis XIV/Convoy is now one of less than 10. These guys will rank with the Kinks, Marc Bolan/T.Rex, & White Stripes. (How come nobody thinks the "Pledge" sounds like Adam Ant anyway? - surely he isn't completely forgotten!).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret is Out May 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Full disclosure: I am not a pop music fan, let alone any band that sounds slightly British these days. So for a San Diego-based band to sound Britpopish does not curry favor with me.

But Holy S, these guys are AWESOME.

Clearly, the first piece of Louis XIV that you notice is the lyrics; overtly sexual, dirty, and over the top. Fortunately, I happen to like that sort of thing, even though most of my fellow Americans have connived to create the most puritanical society in the world outside of the Muslim countries. So to me, the lyrics aren't just the words, it's the attitude; and the attitude is one which has been missing from American music since the fall of heavy metal.

See, music is supposed to be sexy; maybe these guys overdo it by throwing subtlety out the window, but everyone else has been so afraid to be sexy that perhaps Louis XIV is making up for some seriously lost time. The Killers and Franz Ferdinand are great bands, but they don't ooze the energy we used to feel when Skid Row or Motley Crue (when they were younger) would go on tour. Louis XIV brings it back - in spades.

But that's not all there is to it; the music rocks! And it's not linear or monophonic in any way. In "Dominique" and "All The Little Pieces" and "Louis XIV", you have three completely distinct types of songs, all fantastic, all totally different. I have more than once caught myself singing "Well there's a house on the block that's empty now that Dominique's gone" in the middle of a bar because I just can't get the song out of my head. Catchy to the extreme, dirty to the core, and more importantly, it just plain rocks.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the dirty versions April 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
They are a new band from San Diego. Louis XIV is Jason Hill (guitar/vocals), Brain Karscig (guitar/vocals), and Mark Maigaard (drums). They have been joined recently by Jimmy Armbrust (bass). I saw them play this summer when they opened for The Killers last summer. They started playing two years ago and recorded some songs in France and San Diego. Some of their songs were put online at their website and one song "God Killed The Queen" got played on the radio. They released a few EPs and their record got played on BBC Radio. They ended up playing a lot of UK shows. While they were away the San Diego radio station 91X started playing their song "Finding Out True Love Is Blind" before it was released. This caused a demand for the record. Towards the end of the year they signed to Atlantic Records and won Best Album at the San Diego Music Awards. I met the band at their show during the Noise Pop festival in San Francisco. They opened for Hot Hot Heat, who they are on an American tour with. Their music is a mix between glam rock of the 1970s and Britpop of the 1990s. Some of their songs from the EP are on this records like "Louis XIV" and "Finding Out True Love Is Blind." These are great opening songs. "Paper Doll" and "God Killed The Queen" are some straightforward rockers. The best song on the album is "A Letter To Dominique." It is a glam song reminiscent of T-Rex and Supergrass. It could have been a tune of the film Velvet Goldmine. "Hey Teacher" is a totally rocking tune that is entirely original. The ends with two ballads. It is a fine debut. While The Killers and The Bravery fight it out in the press, Louis XIV may come out as the best new band.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Was the Sun King really this horny? April 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
How did I hear about Louis XIV? When I heard Finding Out True Love is Blind on my brother's MLB 2000-and-something PS2 game. That was it -- I went out and bought this album the next day. I wasn't disappointed.

The first eight songs troll through a garagey, Brit-poppy aesthetic, as has now been mentioned a million and one times when describing this album, and every step along the way is catchy as hell. But I contend this is more of concept album than people realize.

While the cheap come-on lines are sure to offend feminists and prudes, the final couplet of All the Little Pieces and Ball of Twine go in a completely different direction from the first eight tracks, the former substituting the trashy guitars (which come to the fore on True Love, God Killed the Queen and Illegal Tender) for symphonic sweeps and the latter adding plaintive acoustic guitar that morphs into the string melody that opens the album.

Not that the lyrics carry the weight of Pink Floyd or Bright Eyes, but Louis XIV through to Hey Teacher seem to be about an undersexed guy fresh off a breakup looking to plug whatever holes are out there. Our hero has his fun with vanilla friends, illegal tenders, kinky seductresses and sultry schoolteachers, but the delicate focus found on All the Little Pieces and Ball of Twine seemingly indicate that kind of fun only lasts so long and that our narrator would like nothing more than to retreat to the life he left behind.

Of course, I could be wrong, and the storyline on this album isn't the point. The point is every track, whether it be one of the hang-out-with-the-wang-out rockers or one of the gentler interludes, is purely fantastic. I'm still taking this one off the shelf on a semi-weekly basis because it's that good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I used to listen to the "garage bands" channel on VH1 radio, and their song "Finding Out True Love Is Blind" stayed with me for years. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marc Rosenthal
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex and Rock n' roll!
This is true Rock and Roll! Perhaps no drugs but that's a good thing. The lyrics are bloated with sex; to the point where the band comes off as sexist but their intentions are... Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Awesome band. Every song on the cd is great. its been nearly 10 years since i last purchased a cd and i broke that streak for this one.
Published on January 29, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old fashioned rock music
A great album. These guys have done their homework - if you like rock music then add this album to your collection.
Published on October 16, 2009 by Temboss
3.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll
This album is absolutely infectious, extremely british, and really enjoyable...the first few listens. Read more
Published on January 14, 2008 by Brittany Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Singing about sex is great again
God bless you, Louis XIV, for this sublime rock and roll record. I love your electric guitars!
Published on January 12, 2008 by Casey Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars The most fun you could have with your pants on/or off
Louis is the best little secret out there in the rock world. I pretty much agree with all the above reviews. It was the funnest CD since Eagles of Death Metal's Death by Sexy. Read more
Published on December 29, 2007 by Armando Perez
3.0 out of 5 stars Louis XXX
The members of Louis XIV are either over- or undersexed. It's not so easy to tell which one. Much has been made about their lyrical content (yes, folks, pretty much every line is... Read more
Published on March 27, 2007 by Mark Eremite
3.0 out of 5 stars Louis XIV
I searched far and wide for this album and am not sure why. They have a couple of good songs but something is just a little off...
Published on February 6, 2007 by GDave6784
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get much better that this...
Look, I don't want to repeat what better reviewers have already written, but this album really is that good. Read more
Published on December 17, 2006 by Neil Laslett
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