Audio Video Disco is a brave departure from Cross for Justice. It's not as heavy and techno-driven as their debut was; it's considerably more low-key. It has a certain 70s funk in places, with the air of Daft Punk if they'd gone in a different direction. Comparison between the two albums is inevitable; there is nothing cheeky to rival "D.A.N.C.E." or scary to rival "Stress", but Audio Video Disco is a cracking listen on its own merits. It's more experimental and melody-driven, not as high-charged.
Granted, "Civilization" probably wasn't the best choice for a single, but it's a good lead-in to the album's attitude (its attitude, not content) - daring to dabble a bit more with other forms of instrumentation. There are some guitars, even, but the sound is definitely techno-centered. "Ohio" is a particularly good example of a gripping low-key track, as is the infectious "On'N'On", which glues itself to your mind. The final four songs are all particularly fantastic - "Parade", "New Lands", "Helix" and the title track. There is real emotion to be found in these tracks, and they pack a real punch. The other songs are very good too, but as a whole, maybe Audio Video Disco lacks Cross's instant "wow" factor. It would be unfair to slander it for that, though, when it's full of good electronica that extends beyond just being electronica.
Justice were right to try something different and not make a "Cross: Part 2". If you want that, you might be disappointed. Audio Video Disco is a different album that requires a different mindset, but none the lesser appreciation of music.
In summary: less punch, more melody.