Many reviews of Woman, Justice’s third LP, begin or feature at least one sentence about the duo not making another Cross. Same thing happened back in 2011 when they released their somewhat disappointing sophomore record Audio, Video, Disco. Yes, we can all agree that their almost cult Grammy-nominated debut album deserves the reception it received, but the question is – do we really need Justice to record Cross 2.0?
Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay never do the same thing twice. They did French house, mixed electro house with progressive rock and now they’re on board with nu-disco. Done better (Safe and Sound, Love S.O.S, Randy) or worse (Chorus, Heavy Metal, Pleasure), Woman is 54 minutes of pure cheesiness. Nothing wrong with that, but the main concern is that it feels more like a tribute album than something original.
One could say it’s poor man’s Random Access Memories, but Justice obviously weren’t aiming at that. There’s no epics, no big singles, no jaw dropping collaborations. With that being said, it has many pleasant moments, but it’s nothing groundbreaking nor something necessarily worth waiting 5 years for.2.5 / 5