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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ed Banger/Because
  • ASIN: B005MRME9G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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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”.

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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.

--Ian Wade

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Format: Audio CD
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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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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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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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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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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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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While developing the sound Justice established in their debut album, Audio, Video, Disco is a great second album with plenty of memorable synth-sounds, catchy hooks and more of a rock influence. Still very fresh and well worth checking out!

Track highlights: New Lands, Civilisation, On'N'On, Canon
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