Thursday, November 17, 2016

Justice - Woman. Good God, they're back.

JUSTICE HAVE RETURNED. After a 5 year silence, they're back and better than ever, reminiscent to their Cross days (D.A.N.C.E, anyone?) and totally brushing under the rug the slight mess of their second album that followed. I haven't been this excited for a dance album to come out since Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. Just like Daft Punk, they deliver. Literally just get ready for some 70s funk, mixed in with a lil throwback to Cross, their debut phenomenon. 

When they released Safe and Sound, the first single off of this album a few months ago, it was brilliant. The first single in ages. Hearing it as the first track now, while waiting for what's to come, builds the anticipation like mad. The 70s style disco throwback with bass grooves and sassy synths make it bomb as. 

There have already been complaints that the album is a bit cheesy, in particular Pleasure, but that's what I like about it. I'm sorry, but disco and funk are supposed to be slightly cheesy, and this is catchy AF, especially the chorus.  

It reminds me of of just such a mish-mash of everything rad. Tron, the Drive soundtrack, a lil' bit of Daft Punk, 70s funk, 80s synth swag, it's just such a phenomenal collective that drips and oozes cool. They're just so good at creating things to bob your head to, things that make you want to get up and dance. Songs that are so melodic and so endless, they totally make you forget where you are and you lose total track of space and time. It's captivating

As consumer friendly as it is, there are some more intense tracks on here that do want to make you go absolutely mental as well. Chorus is wild, you feel like you're on this insane adventure, and you've taken every possible substance under the sun. It's also killer driving music. Alternatively, Heavy Metal just beats at your skull in the best way possible.

The thing I love about Justice and that I really feel they had when Cross came out, and that rings true on Woman as well, are the brilliantly executed orchestral elements. It's something so unique to electronic music today and that's so dreamy, it really causes you to get lost in it all. Emotions can run high with this one, making for the whole album-listening experience a serious expedition. The ending with Close Call is the most perfect fade out too, and the most melodic ending to a whirlwind symphony of sheer genius they've gifted us with.

I loved this album (can you tell?) I think it was such a great "welcome back" from two French dance icons of the early 2000s. Honestly, God bless Justice. And seriously, God bless French dance music as a whole. 


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