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Justice's monster beats, massive hooks, thunderous drums, and near-religious determination to demolish dance floors cast them in a light no contemporary can catch. The group's US debut single, "Waters Of Nazareth" arrived in 2006 and solidified their sound: huge slabs of beats, brutal strings, and cathartic release. That record sets the stage for this, their debut full-length, boasting the already ubiquitous disco pop anthem "D.A.N.C.E.", which features the best English children's choir since "Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2".

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 the 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

1. Genesis
2. Let There Be Light
3. D.A.N.C.E.
4. Newjack
5. Phantom
6. Phantom Pt II
7. Valentine
8. The Party
9. Dvno
10. Stress
11. Waters of Nazareth
12. One Minute to Midnight

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 10, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • ASIN: B000QCUB8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Steward Willons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Every now and then somebody releases an album that isn't incredibly serious or groundbreaking, but is, above all, just plain fun. "Cross" definitely falls into that category. It's basically a party on a disc.

It's refreshingly light in approach. Justice obviously doesn't take themselves too seriously as one can tell by tracks like "D.A.N.C.E." - but that doesn't mean they lack substance. Although one can never be sure, it doesn't seem like the work of a one-hit wonder. For one thing, there are a number of strong tracks on the album and, most importantly, they have an original take on the electro-glam sound that is so popular these days.

A lot of reviews compare this to Daft Punk, but I think those comparisons have more to do with the fact that these groups are both French duos working in the same general BPM area. Maybe there are more similarities than that, but Justice isn't not nearly as repetitive as Daft Punk tends to be and their songs are more gritty and dirty. Above all, I have to resist this temptation to pre-judge them based on my feelings about Daft Punk. I hope listeners will hear them as their own group - not mere copycats. Actually, I think they're more like Basement Jaxx than anything else - but that's beside the point.

I've particularly enjoyed the way they can blend harsh noise and dissonance with such catchy melodies and pop hooks. "Let There Be Light" is brutal, but compelling. By all calculation, it should be grating on your ears, but instead you just want to dance. While the rhythm is tight, there's this wonderful feeling of looseness as if the instrumental parts weren't entirely quantized on a grid. The lack of rigidity seems to be one of the key factors in the very danceable nature of this disc.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James L. Gambrell on October 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
All I can say about this album is WHOA

If you have a powerful stereo this album will rock the house like nothing I've ever heard. Its incredibly dynamic, almost tearing the air around you. Mix in a little alcohol and prepare to be transported to planet Justice!!

I wouldn't pick this up if you only have a boom box, there is a lot of transient sub-bass that needs real woofers (12"+) to do it justice.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cale E. Reneau on July 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If the opening seconds of Justice's debut album, " ," don't tell you a thing about what you're in store for, you aren't listening. The mudded brass come marching in like they are coming to destroy, and in a way they are. Justice is a dance/electronica group, to be sure, but to label them as such is travesty in and of itself. Like that imperial death march, Justice is here to destroy. In this case, they have come to demolish your preconceived notions about what dance music is and what it can be. Now, until recently I have avidly campaigned against the genre which I feel is cluttered with mundane "artists" who rely on bad samples and horrendous loops to captivate a somewhat dimwitted audience. My opinion is slowly starting to change as I am introduced to artists who are challenging this perception. Justice is one of them.

From the opening track to the very last second of "," I found myself, not only captivated, but amazed, entertained, and energized. Justice comes off as a bull charging towards its victim, with so much momentum and energy that attempting to slow it down would be a fruitless endeavor. Their songs are constantly changing, never relying on a single loop or phrase for too long. And these songs are not lite, easy-listening electronica songs either. They're harsh and brash, with the mids turned up too high for comfort. It's not your average dance album, it is a revelation!

"Let There Be Light" begins with a near-unlistenable melody, but adds in drums, a thumping bassline, and so many cuts and glitches that you'll be in love with it before you know it. It concludes with an absolutely awesome composition that harmonizes synths with synths in a way that sounds like it'd be better suited for the closing credits of a Super Mario Bros. game than a dance record. "D.A.N.C.E.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Media Man VINE VOICE on September 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I can't deny not being impressed by the majority of the tracks on this album. I'm extremely purist when it comes to most dance music but Justice managed to wow me. While they're clearly heavily influenced by their fellow Frenchmen Daft Punk it doesn't prohibit them from creating their own unique sound. Their tracks are layered with funky beats and are guaranteed to get househeads on the dance floor. Here are my track ratings;

1. Genesis 10/10
2. Let There Be Light (album version) 10/10
3. D.A.N.C.E. [Album Version] 5/10
4. Newjack 10/10
5. Phantom 10/10
6. Phantom pt. II 10/10
7. Valentine 5/10
8. Tthhee Ppaarrttyy 4/10
9. Dvno 3:56 8/10
10. Stress 4:58 7/10
11. Waters Of Nazareth (album version) 10/10
12. One Minute To Midnight 10/10

This album by "the other" French dance duo is not to be missed. While not as ground breaking as most of Daft Punk's work it's definitely respectable in its own right. Give it a listen and hopefully you'll be as impressed as I was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By htc2t on November 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I remember the time I went to Justice's performance about 3 years ago, and that was the first time ever I listened to songs by Justice. They performed at a mid-size, electro club in Seoul, Korea, and I believe that there were more than 300 people at the club that night to listen to Justice performing and to have some fun! They basically played songs from their first album "Cross." I had to buy their album the very next day of the performance because both their performance and songs were so good that I couldn't get them out of my mind.

All songs in this album in general have great melody lines, which are so good that almost every song can be a big hit, and I am not exacerbating. Also, it is really amazing how they composed in ways to blend all those noisy sounds, hooks, and melodies. It's just they did it so well, and especially if one considers the fact that this album was their debut album, everyone should feel the same or at least give them some acknowledgement. Justice used lots of dirty, noisy sounds in the album other than addictive melody lines. Talking about techniques used in the album, I can tell that Justice uses multiple layers and clouds in their compositions, and such layering multiple chunks of sounds to make up rhythms and essentially the music gives very complex, yet rich sounds. In addition, it's a bit obvious, but still it's worth pointing out they used synthesizers. Unfortunately, my knowledge in computer music is not at the level where I can tell which types of synthesizers were used by hearing songs. Yet, I am very inspired by this album in that it kind of showed me how synthesizers can be used in different ways and what kind of sounds one can generate with synthesizers.
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