- Audio CD (15 May 2008)
- Limited Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Limited Edition, Enhanced
- Label: Because Music
- ASIN: B000PHX8QQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,498 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Cross Limited Edition, Enhanced
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
`Cross' opens with, appropriately enough, `Genesis', a forboding guttural chime seguing into a dark pop masterpiece: chilling but effortlessly cool. `Stress' ups the anti with a beat that threatens to actually excavate your bowels - in a good way.
However, the album has its lighter moments, notably, the insidious children's chant that drives the single `D.A.N.C.E.' and the cut up hip-hop that is `Newjack'. `Carpates', meanwhile, is built on such a driving beat that it almost makes me want to jump on a treadmill and make like that Ok Go video. Almost.
Needless to say, there have been few albums released this year that I would regard as essential. With seven months gone, Justice tops the pile.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best albums I've ever heard. A timeless classic of electronic heaven :)Published 6 months ago by amie
The title of this product explicitly reads 12" I. To those wondering if that is the default size of a vinyl: yes it is.Published 9 months ago by Hans Cronau
Cross simply put is one of the funkiest and distorted albums of the past decade.
The debut duo take their influences from Daft Punk, Prince, Michael Jackson, Chic, Sega... Read more
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 morePublished on 26 Jan. 2014 by Dom
I listened to Justice a lot on Spotify I went to their concert and finally I bought their album, simply geniusPublished on 25 Oct. 2013 by Jan Sz
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
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 on 29 Dec. 2012 by Jack Goldsmith