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3.0 out of 5 stars 2007?, 7 Jun. 2011
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I'll keep this simple, since most of the people who'll agree with me will probably understand what I'm saying:

This album seems to have been released around 4 years too late.
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Initial post: 26 Jul 2011, 12:01:19 BST
I agree. I was completely obsessed with Justice's 'Cross' album back in 2007, but most things from the Ed Banger label just sound hideously dated now. That's probably what happens when a record label relies so much on a signature sound and style that didn't have much depth, variation or purpose to start with.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2012, 04:04:32 BST
AMX says:
Absolutely. Even more than that almost. I remember that quite a few of my friends were already voicing the same complaints when the first Justice album came out in 2007, almost three years after 'Waters of Nazareth' and their killer remixes. But I think Justice at least expanded on it in 2007, with some new elements (e.g. D.A.N.C.E.). Needless to say there work now sounds really dated, too. It's always the same though for small indie labels that just have one 'signature' sound. Happens all the time. Sebastian just came a little late to the party. A little 'too late'.

Posted on 8 May 2012, 06:34:37 BST
Last edited by the author on 8 May 2012, 06:35:25 BST
I think looking at an album and basing the main argument of its quality over the year it was released is a bit narrow minded. If it had come out say... 10 years from now it probably would have been critically acclaimed by many for going back to the decent sounding french-electro we all know and love (rather than being called "out-dated")... my point is... an album is either good... or bad. And I for one, I think this is awesome. I certainly think SebastiAn has his own take on electro and is bringing new things to the genre.

Posted on 14 May 2012, 16:49:33 BST
Joseph Robey says:
So basically your opinion of this is based on the fact that it is no longer the fashionable form of house to listen to? I personally love this sound and actually got into Justice later than most. Just ignore when it was made and don't just fall into the fashions of house and dance music and you'll enjoy it. In five years time all the people who currently love dubstep will be saying the same thing about people who are still releasing dubstep: but at the end of the day it's a genre of music and to say people should stop producing just because it's 'dated' is incredibly narrow minded, it'd be like saying people should stop producing acoustic or steel blues tracks because people were doing it 50 years ago.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2012, 17:38:00 BST
Last edited by the author on 14 May 2012, 17:40:56 BST
Phil C says:
I don't think it's a reasonable judgement to compare electronic music (although mainly in the house genre, of which this is very much not) with organic or acoustic genres like steel blues. Electro / electro thrash etc is heavily based upon technology, and pushing the boundaries of the software and hardware you are using at the time. Oh and let's not forget "the grove". People don't exactly get off on the lyrics or chord progression in this, do they? It's about how much of a groved up noise you can make with a couple of samples and a nasty bassline (oh yes and string samples with slap, thanks Ed Banger).

SebastiAn was (and still is) one of my favourite artists of all time. I've seen him live many times and his performance and production skills are first class, in fact he is in my top 5 all time great live sets. That's what almost makes this album such a disapointment, I feel he never quite developed; he peaked too early and fizzled out.
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