Justice has always intrigued me. “D.A.N.C.E” is still my shit to this day and while I don’t love everything they put out, the stuff I do like is usually really, really good. They may be the younger less talented brothers of their compatriots, Daft Punk, but they still put out some highly interesting music that stands out from the crowd. So of course I had to check out what they had to offer on Woman.
Right off the jump, Woman had the most analog feel I’ve ever heard from them. While I don’t like comparing artists, it’s hard not to imagine Daft Punk’s last album having some sort of influence on this new direction. It’s pure electronic disco aimed squarely for the dance floor with only a few moments of their grungy, hard rock embraces strewn throughout. “Stop” is very reminiscent of “D.A.N.C.E”, but to a less successful degree, “Heavy Metal” has some expectedly heavy metal, gothic organs playing before breaking down into it’s electronic chorus, and “Alakazam !” brings back flashbacks of 70’s dance floor disco. In general, it’s a good sounding album, if not a little watered down.
“So many nights
So many memories
Music and lights
Rhythm and melodies
(But nothing’s ever stopped)”
A good number of the songs on Woman have little, to no vocals to speak of. But the few songs that do utilize them, do so to a fairly successful degree. The background chanting on “Safe and Sound” sounded straight like something I’d hear in those old school Conan the Barbarian movies. Yeah a lot of the lyrics on here are pretty cheesy, but honestly I don’t listen to electronic music for the lyrics and it’d be a safe bet most people out there don’t either. They’re effective in creating a feel and mood to their music that makes you want to get out there and groove.
Have you heard Woman? What’d you think about it? Did you like the more analog approach they took to the album? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your rating for the album.