Album Review: Justice, 'Audio, Video, Disco'


Audio, Video, Disco
Producers: Gaspard Auge, Xavier de Rosnay
Ed Banger/Because/Elektra
Release Date: Oct. 24

Dance music has exploded in the United States in the four years since this Parisian duo released its Grammy Award-nominated 2007 debut, no style more than the hard-hitting electro-house Justice helped take mainstream with the hit single "D.A.N.C.E." (You know you've moved the cultural needle when Jay-Z samples your track, as the hip-hop star did for 2009's "On to the Next One.") Yet rather than treat its sophomore album as a victory lap, Justice changes directions on "Audio, Video, Disco," paying homage to '70s-era progressive rock. In the track "Ohio" the French mixmasters layer Yes-style harmonized vocals (by Vincent Vendetta of Australia's Midnight Juggernauts) over a bubbling lounge-funk groove, while "On'n'On" cribs the Eastern-inflected riff from "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin. The duo's old grime creeps into the music occasionally, as in lead single "Civilization," which follows a fuzz-caked highway to hell. (Check out "New Lands" for a more blatant AC/DC rip.) Mostly, though, the surprisingly warm-blooded "Audio, Video, Disco" reveals Justice to be human after all.

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