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Justice Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Because Music
  • ASIN: B000PHX8QG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Justice is the moniker of the Paris-based production duo Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay. Their approach to crazy-quilt dance-pop hybridism is infectious, if a tad off-putting here and there. The duo rose to fame due to an MP3 single and super smart video for the excellent, kiddy-chorused house-pop number "D.A.N.C.E." in 2007, and they soon thereafter signed to the suitably named label Banger. They manage to make really silly and fun music in a way that frequently comes off in a pretentious manner. It's ridiculous to name your album after a symbol, especially if it's . This is not meant derogatorily. Really. Justice does appear to be that rare breed of dance artist equally capable of stimulating the body and the mind, though neither Richard James nor Basement Jaxx need fear this act. After just one listen to "Waters of Nazareth," it's very difficult to avoid wondering "how the hell did they mix and match noise and pop so beautifully" while also dancing furiously.--Mike McGonigal

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 16 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Let's get the negatives out the way. The Daft Punk influence is overwhelming at times, and there are a few average tracks on this album. But for a dance music artist album (remember how bad these often are) it is still exceptional. If you are going to model yourself on someone, Daft Punk isn't a bad place to start. Rock musicians are allowed influences without people griping, and let's not forget the whole point of dance music in the first place was to sample and reshape what was already there. Also, most people who have made good dance music in the last ten years have had some sort of DP influence stirred in.

As for the production style, anyone who says it's cheap is an idiot - the mix of low fi and hi fi is completely deliberate. Also, the combination of danceability and musical complexity is impressive. Yes, it might be challenging at times, but it's not exactly Aphex drill and bass, is it? What makes it different, possibly unsatisfying to the disco zombies amongst us, is that it's not always loop-based. So tracks might start in one place but... oh God... end up... somewhere else! Wow - how pretentious. Let's shoot them before they do it again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic but frustrating 6 April 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A schizophrenic and typically French mixture of choppy beats and fractured, processed sound. When it works, as on the stunning opener "Genesis" and the stomping closer "One Minute To Midnight" it's the equal (if not the better) of the best of contemporaries Mirwais and Daft Punk. The clipped and arrythmic Genesis is one of the best Parisian dance tracks I've yet heard, and the production has incredible depth and impact. However, when the music doesn't work it's confusing, irritating and even embarrassing. This is most often on the vocal tracks where there is either just too much going on in the mix(DVNO) or the vocal is annoying and the lyrics puerile (The Ppaarrttyy, D.A.N.C.E.). Definitely worth buying for the five or so decent tracks - just have the skip button ready for the ones you don't like.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Justice - Cross 25 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
It may have been mentioned already, but Daft Punk, take note, this is how Human After All should have been.
You can't ignore the daft punk influence present on this album, but its done very well, and isn't just a rip off either.
There's variety too with the radio friendly D.A.N.C.E.
Fav track would the awsome opener Genesis.
If you was left wanting after daft punk's latest lp, purchase this asap.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All herald the arrival of Apocalisco 19 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've never been moved to write a review here, let alone starting one three songs into an album, but this just blew me away. It's apocalyptic disco - apocalisco if you will - the sound of a widescreen cinematographically lush death march through the grand canyon, with an orchestra of delicious slap bass licks and drill solos (the song 'Let There Be Light' alone sounds like it must have taken a fair few Black and Deckers to make), all mixed in with a healthy dose of classic era Michael Jackson or Daft Punk.

I'm not going to say there's no filler, but I am going to say that at its best it's stunning. I don't think I've ever heard anything by turns as cinematic and danceable at the same time. Deserves to be huge. Make it happen, people.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contender For Best Dance Album Of The Year 16 Jun 2007
By Reprob8
Format:Audio CD
I've Been impressed by pretty much everything I've heard from this French duo for the past few years. Their tunes have been rocking club nights all over the world and their debut LP does not disappoint. At first listen, this has all the hallmarks of a genre defining album like Daft Pumk's 'Homework'. So if you've been disheartened by Daft Punk offerings of late this album will certainly quench your thirst for that mix of funk, 80's chic, filthy synths and insatiable beats.

Just from the grand intro of 'Genesis' into the raw but emotional relentlessness of 'Let There Be Light' you know you're listening to something a bit special. The single 'D.A.N.C.E' is probably the most commercially accessible in the same school as the very successful 'We Are Your Friends' but still maintains that aura of french chic. By the time you reach the bass and distorted synth overload that is 'Waters of Nazareth' you'll be gagging for more.

Expect this to be THE dance album of 2007.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow. This album is just phenomenal. Massive production, massive tunes, original beats and bass. Anyone that has even a slight interest in electronic dance music must buy this album.

At first it made me prick my ears up, then it made me excited. The third listen it just grabbed me and threw me around the room.

There are a bundle of dark, dirty, electro beats to keep you coming back for more, a couple of happy (Daft Punk type) ditty's in the middle to calm it all down and it finishes with some of the most unique and dare I say very strange (in a good way) tracks.

Highlights are Genesis, D.A.N.C.E., Phantom, Phantom pt2 (remixed by Radio Soulwax) and Waters of Nazareth is one of the strangest, darkest, dirtiest pieces of electo house I've heard.

The bar has been raised. Can the likes of Digitalism, Simian Mobile Disco, The Prodigy, etc, etc keep up. They will have a hard time trying.

Awesome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Justice - Cross 9 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
Cross is the Debut album from French dance outfit, Justice, who are bringing to you an album of fuzzy in your face electronic dance music. Their sound relates closely to that of fellow French music pioneers, Daft Punk. Cross is very post Daft Punk, particularly post Homework era Daft Punk in its sound, crammed with huge volumes of distortion, synths and slap bass, all put together in a slightly offbeat manner, with experimental sounds thrown in for good measure.

Herein lies a problem: Justice are very unoriginal in their musical style and image. It will be difficult for any die hard music fan to listen to their album and be blown away by it (despite it actually being pretty good), because it's a sound that people have heard before. It all feels a bit samy.

Effectively, Cross is a good party album, that you can put on your CD player at a party (or Ppaarrttyy) and people can dance to, but won't wow anyone with it's stylistic originality. There are very few weak points throughout, and for the faults it does have, Cross is still a solid and enjoyable listen. There's enough here to satisfy, but a knock out, it ain't.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Justice' does justice
It`s the first album from this duet and that an album it is... what an album. Do not hesitate to buy it if you like a little bit of hard dance/electronic tracks. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dom
5.0 out of 5 stars Across the Universe
I listened to Justice a lot on Spotify I went to their concert and finally I bought their album, simply genius
Published 5 months ago by Jan Sz
4.0 out of 5 stars ADHD dance
Good Cd of the French DJ duo. Lot of techno and beats to have a perfect after party.
Better is to go to one of their shows
Published 6 months ago by f. de Bruin
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Justice!
Having first listened to 'Audio, Video, Disco', I thought I knew what Justice were all about. I was wrong. This is Justice at its best!
Published 15 months ago by Jack Goldsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is definitly one of the best electro albums I've heard.
But regarding the product itself, it came in 5-6 days, wrapped in a paper case and in bubble wrap. Read more
Published on 14 July 2010 by inToxeD
4.0 out of 5 stars good album, not my favourite
this album reminds me a lot of another french electro band, Daft Punk. and like daft punk you have solid gold hits in there but you've also got some mediocre album tracks floating... Read more
Published on 27 May 2010 by Fergus Hoskyns
5.0 out of 5 stars jusice!!!!
i have only just heard of Justice but i love them been listening to their album cross for about a week now my m8 showed me Justice when i was around his about two weeks ago... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2010 by Mr. N. L. Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome delivery ^_^
It actually arrived sooner than expected, so I am well pleased with this delivery, Thank You :D
Published on 24 Nov 2009 by Mr. C
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Electro
Whoever likes Daft Punk combined with a few harder rhythms likely will love Justice, but comparisons like this could also be misleading. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2009 by Koslowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Album, Electro has Evolved.
When i first head "Waters Of Nazareth" i thought somthing in the C.D player had broken, and all that was coming from the speakers was a pounding wall of Noise. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2009 by Mr. L. A. Hunt
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