It’s already happened. It’s 9:30 AM in the morning, Eastern time, here in the United States of America. The internet has exploded with vitriol for Audio, Video, Disco, the sophomore release of previously beloved French duo Justice.
It began some time ago with the release of “Civilization”. People hemmed and hawed. They booed and jeered. The title track dropped (“Audio, Video Disco”) and people were “not impressed” – quoting the faceless masses there.
To this point, I must admit I was a little lukewarm myself. Then “Helix” came down from the musical heavens dressed as old Justice fun wrapped in a new Justice package and I was set to go. “Civilization” began a steady climb up my favorites list and suddenly I was looking at Audio, Video, Disco in a new light…or wait! No, I wasn’t!
I was looking at it in the same light as I was originally when all I wanted was a new Justice record – you know, before the internet told me what to think about it and what it should sound like. Imagine that.
Look, I’m not gonna tell you this is Ɨ. Hell, it’s no where close. It’s not because Audio, Video, Disco isn’t good – it’s because it’s different! Auge and de Rosnay were apparently on a mission to reinvent the 70’s and 80’s guitar scene with a bad ass dance beat and, well, they did it kids. I can’t listen to “On’n’on” or “Parade” and not be exceedingly satisfied. Maybe I’m just an easy lay.
I don’t just like it, I love it. You can say whatever you want. Donotwantdog.gif or what have you. Give this album a chance with some headphones. Give it a chance in your car at 2 AM driving across the state at 80+ MPH. Tell me you don’t wanna grow your hair big and play some air guitar. There’s no shame in it.
The shame is that it took some French dudes to remind us how to rock. Where’s my damn wig? Let’s go!