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Audio Video Disco-Deluxe-
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2012
I bought this after listening to it a couple of times on Spotify and thought it sounded quite good. Now I've bought it, it's on constant repeat. I enjoyed their first album "Cross" though it's sometimes hard to listen to all the way through as it's not what I'd call a 'constant' listen - some of the songs are heavy dance and some more chilled, whereas this is a 'complete' listen. The songs are exquitsitely crafted and flow effortelssly into each other and build up and up, to create an album of hypnotising beauty. Yes, it's much more chilled than "Cross" - there are no saw toothed dance anthems here - but the emotional impact of it is just as great, if not greater. When the melancholic synths finally cut in at the end of the "Audio, Video, Disco" it feels sad, like you've just been on some monumental journey and finally have to come back down to earth - genius!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2012
After the adrenaline-filled house antics of "Cross", "Audio, Video, Disco" understandably ruffled a few feathers, because it's a great shift in focus. But it's a great shift. AVD (as I shall call it henceforth) has a lot more to do with 70s synth pop than French house music. If Daft Punk had gone in a different direction, I could see them making something in this genre. The title means "I Hear, I See, I Learn" and it's so fitting. This album is not in-your-face like its (awesome) forerunner, but a cracking listen that stands on its own merits.

I'll be honest, I have never been a fan of the first two tracks, "Horsepower" and "Civilization", both of whom sound anthemic and big but rarely grab me. It's first with the low-key "Ohio" that magic really begins to reveal itself. The song is simpler than even the simplest on "Cross", and is light and breezy, yet oh so captivating. Why "Canon" had to be split in two tracks is anyone's guess, but both parts are very catchy.

It's from track 6 onwards, however, when AVD really becomes a winner. "On'N'On" is one of my favourites, with a steady beat and a gripping melody that's interestingly centered on the singer. Racing from "Brianvision" all the way through the supersonic closing track is a gamut of winners. "New Lands" has a very catchy chorus and "Helix" ought to delight even the most jaded "Cross" fans.

AVD is a very brave, successful shift in tone. It doesn't try to be a "Cross: Part 2", but rather a stand-alone work that does the synth pop genre (fused with some rock tones) proud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2013
Now sometimes, rock music can become a little stagnant & predicable, take Steve Harris's & The Darkness 2012 albums as a prime example
But with Justice you get a great Dance/Rock fusion, which defiantly brings a bit of freshness, to a sometimes jaded musical genre.
So what does sound like? To me (a rock music fan) I hear a bit of Air, circa their "10 000Hz Legend" album, 1980's sci-fi/action film soundtrack & a little bit of Brain May style guitar.
So if your bored with latest offering from Ozzy, but want something that's not too alien for your music tastes, you certainly could do a lot worse that Justice.
Oh, the Dance/Prog Rock analogy doesn't really work, I don't recognise any Camel or King Crimson stylings in there, maybe on their next record. \../
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 December 2013
Of course, my favourite track is "On'n'On", and I started out playing it on repeat, and I admit that on the first listen "Audio, Video, Disco" felt a bit underwhelming and repetitive. BUT. Once you put it on the full volume and imagine yourself out on the dance floor, you truly start to feel the album, it's like the tracks are made for the electronic party, with a hint of rock. My conclusion - are you ready to [intelligently] shake the dance floor? Are you in the right mood?

Plus, it's easy to appreciate that Justice is, ultimately, just two guys producing their tracks, recording and sampling their "live" instruments in a up-to-the-minute digital way. Perhaps not a "wow", but GOOD!
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Well....that's something a bit different! Much has been made of the Parisian duo's switch to more rock inspired songs - you can almost picture them sat in their bedroom growing their hair longer, thrashing and headbanging to Led Zeppelin - but I don't think they deserve the negative reviews that some people have written. No it is not like Cross. No it does not have bass heavy, manic electronica music. Yes it is more radio friendly.......but it's not an entirely unexpected change styles nor a bad one. If you listen to the previous offering before AVD...the amazing Planisphere EP (done for a Dior Homme advert - 17 minutes of crazy beats and a 5 minute solo at the end) then all the signs are pointing toward a more rocky style.
I for one applaud them for it. This is a brave, bold step and I think their efforts on this album of creating a dance/rock prog fusion are stellar. I am very excited for the future of this band!
They were never going to make another Cross, and I think anyone who was expecting that is sorely naive! How can you recreate the manic, vibrant energy of the debut? :) If you look at their peers, notably daft punk, they have also experimented with more rocky affairs (Human after all) and did not create anywhere near as an accomplished album as this one.
The songs - While their are one or two songs that are not as memorable there are definitely no tracks I would skip. This album is a varied mix of electronic and rock so if you like your dance with a bit more edge to it or your rock with bit more beats then this is definitely for you.
Overall opinion - Cross is a superior album depending on your tastes. Most people who buy this album will do so because of Cross and I imagine there will be a lot of people disappointed in the new direction. But new fans who crave a mix of the genres will eat this up and the future can only get better for the Duo if they keep melding genres as seamlessly as this.
(Please check out Planisphere the EP - it's EPIC)
4/5
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on 12 March 2013
If your considering this because you liked Cross proceed with caution. I didn't so was initially disapointed as it doesnt have the heavy bass and typical french electo sound. I've heard it described as more of an electronic Prog rock which isn't far off. Second listen is better. I think this will be more of a grower, maybe trying a bit too hard to be obscure and arty, musical equivilent of remaking favorite childhood programmes without the cheese.
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on 6 December 2011
I have anticipated this follow up album for a few years and feel very pleased with the acoustic experience it offers. It is often cinematic, electric, eclectic and a good let-play cd. It has some good music references to hard rock, 70s guitar rock and has that Justice feel to it.
I am overall very pleased
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2011
Imagine if the Bee Gees decided to make a prog-rock album, or that Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds was conducted in a disco. That's how Justice have played out on their follow up to one of the greatest dance albums of the last 10 years, Cross. They've dropped the samples and have made an electro-instrumental album with tinges of progressive rock.

A wonder to behold, Audio Video Disco contains nods to some of the greatest rock of the 70's, but keeps the great elements of experimental dance from the 00's. Highlights include Canon - a club-stomper built for Daft Punk, and Helix - a nod to the last album but with bigger and bolder synths.

It's not Cross, but it doesn't need to be. It's a bold, guitar-laden album built on rock instead of exterimental-dance. Rejoice.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2011
From the very moment i heard "Civilisation" in the Adidas advert, I got excited about this album. Listening to it did not leave me disappointed at all! The least good track is very entertaining to listen to and the other tracks manage to mix a perfect balance of upbeat electro, rock and pop to make you want to dance anytime anywhere. What's most amazing is that Justice manages to keep very loyal to their own style and create mixes of sounds that are blissfully new. This album is, I dare say, better than their first one "Cross"; all tracks are impressive. If you like electro, you cannot fail with this album. It is highly recommended.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2011
Oh my goodness, I were so excited about this...........
The singles "Civilization" and "Audio video disco" are the highlights and they're not much cop like. Why bother trying to sound like a classic English rock band using drum machines??? What's the point? It doesn't even sound like Justice, it sounds like The Who and Led Zepplin's first attempt at electro using Garageband. Try "Total" by Sebastian Total its the sound your'e lookin for.
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