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Justice, Audio Video Disco
Mute Records, Oct. 18

11/03/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



You’ve heard this French duo — the deep threat in the Ed Banger Records stable — if you’ve ever heard the riff from their crunchy-funk electro-house single “Genesis,” in other words, you definitely have — go ahead and check the sample someplace, I’ll wait. OK, makes you think of Cadillac commercials aimed at hipsters, right? Well, here at their second album, things have changed, if not at first blush. For sure, opening track “Civilization” would love to background all the same commercials and video games as “Genesis,” but it’s not as funky, hence a bit of a fail. These guys obviously love classic rock, which, taken with their obvious Kraftwerk fetish, would portend some sort of success in this era, where people take second-hand-funk morons like David Guetta seriously. Justice aren’t morons, though, they’re French, so their cheese-drizzled weaknesses come organically, making their stuff a perfect dish for the patrons of Bonnaroo. “On’N’On” and its two lead-up tracks comprise a bizarre little trilogy of things that seem like the place all arena-rock sounds go to die: there’s a disposable AC/DC riff, some Kansas-like keyboards, some Queen vibe, and then later, a faux-baroque opening that’s either mocking Rainbow or being a real-life Spinal Tap. The opening of “Civilization” is proggy, too, so it’s almost like these guys want to be some sort of danceable King Crimson or whatnot. You won’t be left with an overwhelming feeling of favorite-record-ever, but some of this — “New Lands” for one example — justifies the effort. Warning: unnecessary (and boring, of course) hidden-track alert, nowadays the mark of mediocre artists with imaginary cred quotas to meet. B — Eric W. Saeger
 






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