Justice : Audio, Video, Disco
Justice's † earned them a legion of fans, won over by their dance floor-friendly electro-disco tunes. Their second album Audio, Video, Disco will divide them.
Instead of producing another album of easily digestible club bangers, Gaspard Augé and Xavier De Rosay challenge the listener with a harder, prog-rock sound. While this will not please everyone (and perhaps for this reason), this evolution is to be respected.
The duo clearly know what it takes to produce a hit track, but resist the temptation to give every song on the album the commercial treatment. The result is a more consolidated sound which commits so completely that it almost sounds more like a soundtrack than anything.
The moments of brilliance we've come to expect from Justice still feature here, including the epic Civilisation. Midnight Juggernaut's Vincent Vendetta lends his vocals for the Ohio, a track which manages to generate a low-fi lounge sound while still maintaining the rock-dance edge of the rest of the album. New Lands has moments of sounding nothing like a dance track and everything like a rock track, the synths in the background providing the only giveaway.
The remainder of the album is less focussed on filling dance floors and more focussed on creating an atmosphere. The consistency within this new release shows growth for the pair and allows the listener to assign a more tangible sound to their work.
Best Track: Ohio
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In A Word: Committed