- Audio CD (24 Oct. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Ed Banger/Because
- ASIN: B005MRME9G
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Audio, Video, Disco is the second album from Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé; the influential Parisian duo known as Justice. It was created in the duo’s home studio, with all instrumentation performed by the group themselves. Seeking to create an album that would evoke the feel of progressive rock, the duo labored meticulously to learn instruments they had not previously conquered to craft an epic masterpiece that exchanges the “night in the city” setting of their debut with an “afternoon in the country” atmosphere. Another notable development is the occasional presence of guest vocalists, including a spot by Morgan Phalen of NY rockers Diamond Nights on “On’n’On” and “New Lands”, Vincenzi Vendetta of Australian band Midnight Juggernauts on "Ohio", and UK pop singer Ali Love on the album’s first single “Civilization”.
Parisians Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay - aka Justice - first came to attention half a dozen years ago with their mashed-up noisy remixes for the likes of Franz Ferdinand and their re-do of Simian's We Are Your Friends. Since then, the duo released 2007's seminal debut †, and toured the globe with a giant cross, laying waste to every dancefloor they came close to. Now, they're backBackBACK with the follow-up - and it seems they've been dosing up on the hard rock of yore.
While the duo did much with noise and distortion on their debut, Audio, Video, Disco leaps into a more hair-friendly area. Led Zeppelin are mentioned within the first sentence of the press release, and there's a general air of double-necked guitars, dwarves dancing around monuments and fast livin' with seafood excess - shenanigans inspired by the likes of the aforementioned Zep, as well as The Who and Blue Öyster Cult. Daft Punk touched upon this ground lightly with their Discovery set, which brought in various AOR types in from the cold. However, this is an all-balls-out affair, and a determined bid for stadium disco mental-ness.
Thrillingly, it works. Horsepower sounds like some beefed-up BBC science fiction theme of yore - possibly Hitchhiker's Guide or Blake's 7 - with proggy, real musician-y fills and dramatic power-chording setting out the stall for what follows. Civilisation stars Ali Love, delivering lyrics about war and devastation - it's fairly evident that this album has less to do with their fellow disco-countryman David Guetta, and more in common with Big Themes.
Canon, prefaced by the twiddly folky-prog noodle of Canon Interlude, strafes Daft Punk-y vocoderisms with spandex-friendly chords and thrusts. On'n'On demands a Robert Plant-style lyric about loose women, and there's even lyrics about grapes turning into wine and what sounds like a flute solo. Brianvision features some fine finger plucking - it's a bit like Iron Maiden minus the issues, and seemingly designed to be enjoyed on a road trip across the desert. Helix works similar magic, but tames some of the excessive rock leanings heard elsewhere. Some of the exuberant joy of their debut has been swept aside, yes, but this set is not going to alienate anyone who's onboard already.
It's certainly a step on from the Justice sound of before, and also very, very good. With Audio, Video, Disco, the duo has created their own realm and progressed into a formidable force. However, if the next album goes down the full hair-metal route, then we may need to stage an intervention.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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. \../
Track highlights: New Lands, Civilisation, On'N'On, Canon
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