Woman

Justice - Woman
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2016 Ratings: #523 / 762
User Score
Based on 150 ratings
2016 Ratings: #544
November 18, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ed Banger, Because / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Woman is confident and captivating, and like their debut before it, demands attention.

80
The Skinny

While nothing on Woman is quite as bombastic as when was first unleashed on an unsuspecting public, there's plenty of intriguing stuff to chew on here with deep cuts such as "Chorus" and "Heavy Metal", resulting in a terrific return from the French duo. 

80
NME

The duo are back to doing what they do best. Only ‘Heavy Metal’, with its spindly keyboard riff, creeps back into prog territory. For the most part, though, ‘Woman’ sees Justice on a mission to move your feet.

80
Slant Magazine

Woman‘s choral and orchestral contributions make the album stand out not only from Justice’s own prior work, but also from the throng of more repetitive electronic music that’s prevalent today.

80
DIY

‘Woman’ doesn’t see Justice scaling down their arena-sized anthems, just redefining them. The difference is the weapons they choose: adding some fierce slap to the bass, bringing psychedelic disco to the prog and metal dance mix.

75
The Line of Best Fit

For the majority of Woman, Justice are acting out their pop dreams through machinery. Where in the past they’ve allowed to let the equipment do the talking, here, they show that they too are human after all.

70
AllMusic

Even if Woman sometimes sounds more like two EPs than a cohesive set of songs, it's still an enjoyable album -- especially when Justice use their flair for looking back creatively.

70
Clash

What works on ‘Woman’ truly does with aplomb, but it arguably stands as the group’s least unique effort, and with some of that old punk snarl now removed perhaps they’ve lost some of that addictive danger.

70
No Ripcord

For the most part, Woman shows that Justice have as much confidence, assurance and just as big a penchant for a banger as ever.

67
Consequence of Sound

On third third proper full-length, Woman, Justice recapture their seminal sound for 10 strong new tracks. Risks are kept to a minimum and the Parisian pair deliver exactly what one would might hope for from them.

60
The Guardian

Woman is surprisingly banger-lite, a totally serviceable one-night stand rather than a torrid love affair.

60
musicOMH

Their experiments have not quite worked out this time but dismiss Justice at your peril. There’s too much quality in this duo. They could just spring another surprise on us.

60
PopMatters

Despite so many tracks feeling substantially longer than called for, Justice presents new ideas and a sound fuller here, which I hope is a positive sign for the group going forward.

52
Pitchfork

Woman’s focus largely plays against the pair’s strengths as songwriters. There’s a restraint on display that, coming from Justice, feels more like a lack of commitment.

50
Pretty Much Amazing

Kitschy 70’s synths and live drums abound throughout. The lyrics and vocals continue to distract from the true draw of the production.

50
The 405

Justice has struggled and continues to struggle to recapture so much of what made them so great nine years ago. When they get closest to recapturing those vibes, it seems to be the product of rehashing old formulas.

50
The Needle Drop
The French electronic music duo returns with their weakest crop of songs yet.
EMR
32
French duo Justice are back after a long period of studio album silence, following the 80s influenced Audio, Video, Disco with an even more accessible and predictable record this time around. Just like the cover art illustrates, what the listener will get here is a collection of some colorful, kaleidoscopic electronic songs that sound like they were made for the late night dancefloor, exclusively. Justice has made some straight-forward house music before, but they always added those absurd ... read more
eliiiiiiii
52
Edit:
The gospel vocals are awful and don't fit in most of the tracks
Most tracks are incredibly lenghty and came out as boring at the end of the day
There's no reason for me to come back to listening this album, it's not bad, it don't hate it at all, it has some good stuff, it has some great ideas, but mostly they're poorly executed and they're extended into a point they become exausting

Fav track: Alakazam!; Chorus; Randy; HEAVY METAL
(If I'm honest, the only track I'll ever come back to is ... read more
cfreemon
75
Straying even further from their glitchy roots, Woman sees Justice making massive music that demands an arena-sized venue. While occasionally hollow and lyrically vapid, the grandiose tunes are exciting even when heard at home.

These songs are massive in both length and sound. Gone are the quick, jagged bangers of Cross or even the organic misfires of Audio, Video, Disco. The production is clean and processed, delivering gigantic synth lines, drum beats and guitar chords. The crispness isn't ... read more
Malneezy
60
This a good album but just disappointing from them.
versedaaron
40
Justice should turn that Cross upside down, as this is an unholy failure of an attempt to capture the glory that was their debut Cross album.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

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#30/Mixmag

Track List

  1. Safe and Sound
  2. Pleasure
  3. Alakazam!
  4. Fire
  5. Stop
  6. Chorus
  7. Randy
  8. Heavy Metal
  9. Love S.O.S
  10. Close Call
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