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† (Cross)

JusticeAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vice Records / Ed Banger Records
  • ASIN: B000QCUB8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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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".

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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

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about fun 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
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Let There Be Justice! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive electronica debut 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Justice's Cross April 19, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Justice's debut album, (Cross), launched a new genre of digitally composed music when it came out in 2007. The Parisian duo of Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Auge stumbled upon their unknown musical talents in the early 2000s. They are best known for their image and style of music: a mix of strong rock and indie influence with distorted synths and hard cut bass lines. This style is excitingly innovative, sometimes sounding of equal parts funk, disco, acid house distortions, and hip-hop rhythms. When recording in their production studio, the duo uses several recording interfaces and software sequencers; when performing live, they are surrounded by two columns of 9 Marshall amps running Ableton on their MacBook Pros. Justice is an out-of-this-world down-to-earth team of expert composers that shows us that amateur techniques can make it big. The album as a whole shows a biblical connotation, hence the album title and some track names, yet each track on the album displays its own technique of digital composition.
The first track on the album, "Genesis," playing along with the biblical connotation shows the beginning of existence. Possibly the most widely known song on the album, it has been sampled many times in the media, appearing in video games, songs, movies and being featured in television shows and commercials. What many people do not realize is that the song itself includes several samples in the form of "microsamples" - not long enough to distinguish where they came from, even to the original artist. Throughout the album, about 400 different tracks were microsampled and used in its tracks. In "Genesis" especially are samples of Slipknot (just tiny bits of voices), Queen, and the handclap from 50 Cent's "In Da Club.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Party On
The master on this vinyl is comparable to the digital master, it sounds identical to what you can get from Spotify. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Joshwa Moellenkamp
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Justice, Justicey Justice Justice
I love this album. Phantom and Phantom, Pt. 2 are some of my very most favorite electronic tracks. I am also a big fan of the album in general. Read more
Published 3 months ago by William The S
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice "Cross" Great Album
I have been listening to songs from this album for a while and wanted to own a CD and digital copy.
Published 4 months ago by Christopher T.
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd fav
This is my second favorite album right behind daft punk Interstella 5555. I listen to this in my car all the time.
Published 5 months ago by Reece Ram
5.0 out of 5 stars EARGASM EVERYTIME.
OHMYGOD. I love this album. So much. Literally. Snsjsuajdjxjxbsjsjzbzahhajajn. It's so amazing. I feel like I'm in heaven whenever I listen to this album.
Published 6 months ago by Nessa
3.0 out of 5 stars Justice ‎– †
Daft Punk have been the reigning kings of popular French house, but with †, Justice made a run for the crown. Read more
Published 7 months ago by scoundrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Energetic and interesting dance music!!
I love this album because it has great music that will energize you. I like to workout and dance to the tracks on this album. Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars The Height of its Craft
Cross uniquely stands in an era of individual tracks as a cohesive and thereby unique electronic album. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Calvin Deutschbein
2.0 out of 5 stars A misleading journey into pretty bad music
I learned of Justice when I first heard the song D.A.N.C.E, which I admit is fantastic. I purchased Justice expecting more of the same and was incredibly let down. Read more
Published 9 months ago by I. Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Old But still classic
Even though the many comparisons of this are directed towards daft punk, they still are a great Artist and have Original Tracks on here that can be appreciated by other Daft Punk... Read more
Published 10 months ago by nelsonq
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