Justice - Cross ALBUM Review
Cross is an Electro House album, with some Disco influences very noticeable in some of the songs. Many songs in this album were used in media, whether it be commercials, trailers, or games.
Some of my most favorite songs in this album are "Genesis", "D.A.N.C.E", "DVNO", and "Stress". "Genesis", the first song, gives a very orchestra-like introduction. Really smooth transition into house music. Good synthesizers, and a lot of attention to detail. There's a good amount of noises in the background that go well with the main song.
"D.A.N.C.E" is another really good song. It features a group of children singing, and is really upbeat and happy. Very disco-like music as well. It's a really catchy song, both instrumentals and lyrics. After a couple of listens, you cant resist singing along with the song.
"DVNO" is my most favorite song on this album. It's much more Electro House influenced unlike "D.A.N.C.E." Same situation here, very upbeat and addicting vocals and instrumentals. The main chorus is just, "DVNO, four capital letters, printed in gold", but with the energetic and happy vocal style, along with fantastic rhythm and beats, the simplicity of the vocals isn't really an issue. This song also has a really great music video as well. Really cool and stylized CG and 3D typography.
"Stress", the song after "DVNO", sounds like it came from a horror movie. It sounds like a creepy chase scene, with a great introduction along with a repetitive violin-like sound. Later in the song, it gets even more crazy, it adds more and more layers of stuff onto the song, and it's great.
Although there are good songs on this album, doesn't mean there aren't bad ones. This album has a couple of my least favorite songs. "Tthhee Ppaarrttyy" and "Waters of Nazareth" aren't very good in my opinion.
"Tthhee Ppaarrttyy" feels really empty. It doesn't really bring anything new to the table. It's unoriginal, and tries to cater too much to the mainstream audience, except really poorly. Seeing how crazy and intense the previous songs were, this song is awfully uncreative and doesn't really fit well with what's established that Justice can do. Even worse, the lyrics sounds as if Ke$ha wrote this song. And in my opinion, Ke$ha isn't the greatest songwriter, seeing how one of her most popular songs involves brushing her teeth with Jack Daniels and partying. At least "DVNO" comes after this song, balancing out the bad with the good.
"Waters of Nazareth" is another song that I didn't really like. It starts out with grainy and abrasive bass and synthesizers. Pretty repetitive instrumentals as well, nothing really imaginative and doesn't change much throughout the song. It feels like filler, and the album could do without it, along with "Tthhee Ppaarrttyy". If the album ended with "Stress", then this would be a fantastic album. It feels like Justice just wanted to extend the length of the album even further, but his song including the last one, "One Minute to Midnight", doesn't do well to finish off the album.
This is a pretty good electronic album to start out if you're new to the whole genre, but of course there's gonna be songs that just don't belong there. The rest however, really feels like candy. There's so many different things going on and really cool stuff added on the the songs as it progresses, it keeps everything new and exciting.
In conclusion, I would give this album a 7.5/10. You know this is just my opinion right?!
Ryan Dang volunteers for the Sharp Park Library from home.