The story of Justice tells of a duo of skilled electronic artists, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, who many years ago entered the scene with an impressive and jaw-dropping debut album (Cross). It was 2007, and they had all the credentials – in terms of the talent and originality – to dominate the world of electronic music and wipe out every other possible contender for many years to come. But just when they were in position to overwhelm and overturn the music scene with their unique style of dance and their brilliant ideas, the two artists initiated a corageous but also questionable process of transformation by initiating a sort of musical project aimed at reproducing the style and the dynamics of progressive rock, but with an absolutely inadequate instrumentation and preparation. The result is there for all to see. Evidently their ambition and presumption went farther than their vision, and ten years after Cross they have reached, at least in my opinion, a role and an influence that is absolutely smaller than what I initially predicted for them.
I still consider Cross one of the most incredible, original and devastating albums of electronic music that were ever released, and any opportunity for me to enjoy their early works is welcomed with happiness and pleasure. Fortunately enough, Justice have taken the good habit of publishing a live record after each studio album. This year, after the conclusion of the Woman World Wide tour which promoted their 2016’s studio album Woman, Justice has a new live album called Woman Worldwide (or WWW).
This live album is fantastic in the sense that it mixes in a exciting and always surprising way all the hits that the band has released so far in their career, and the mixes are so good that most of the songs seem even better than their original versions. Predictably the songs of their early works prevail definitely on the others. Justice early works shine with a special light of beauty and as a matter of fact, by mixing together old and new songs, the latter gain in beauty and look much more enjoyable that their corresponding studio versions.
All of Justice’s live LPs, including the most recent one, provide us with an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful and exciting ride into electronic music. They also make me think about what this band could have become without the desire of producing that sort of electronic vintage rock style which has eventually anesthetized their music.
My favorite tracks are Genesis x Phantom, Heavy Metal x DVNO, and Waters of Nazareth x We Are your Friends x Phantom 2.