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on 16 July 2007
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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on 19 June 2007
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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on 16 June 2007
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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on 25 September 2007
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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on 13 August 2016
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 Megadrive and you could say 70s and 80s progressive rock at times in to heights with this release. Starting things very strong with the intimidating Genesis introduction, the duo throw you off with real punchy drums, distorted synths, down right addictive funky live basslines among a large range of samples. Edgier tracks like Stress and Water of Nazareth may throw some listeners off but for those who enjoy straight distorted electronic house bangers, you're probably going to dig these tracks! Let there be light sounds like it could have been ripped straight from a Sega Megadrive game too!

Might be worth a purchase since Justice are releasing their 3rd album soon too!
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on 6 April 2008
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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on 26 January 2014
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.

I really like there 'Justice' is going right now, that 70s kind of feeling is very much appealing and giving a lot of joy :).
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on 21 March 2009
'Genesis' is an absolute monster of an electro song. Hook-laden, hard-hitting and as unrelentingly funky as anything Daft Punk have done. The only weak tracks are 'Valentine' and 'The Party' which seem kind of bland and uninspired compared to everything else.
Yes, the music is complex and not altogether danceable at times unless you're extremely intoxicated and don't care what you're listening to anyway, but the ambition and drama here trumps any electro record I've heard in a long time.
The music is loud and should be played loud. It's not subtle but it definitely feels clever and the last 30 seconds or so of 'DVNO' has a tense, tight, rythmic beat not too different from the one in 'We Are Your Friends' that makes me want to spasm-dance with joy. The rest of the music is pretty funk-tastic too.
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on 9 December 2007
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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on 20 July 2007
The French music scene may have seen a recent explosion in angular guitar bands (check out Les Teenagers), but there has been little challenge to Daft Punk's crown as kings of Gallic dance. Now, we have genuine contenders to the throne. Justice take their predecessors' knack for infectious electronica and cut it with a darker vein of schizophrenic blitz-pop.
`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.
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