French duo find their funk
Justice return with Woman, their first new album in 5 long years. Their last album Audio, Video, Disco was itself a transformation for the band, going from the dark underground electro of † to full on stadium pomp. Here they keep some of the pomp but scale back the proggy elements and bring in some more soul, disco & funk. These inspirations seem to range from Giorgio Morodor ("Alakazam!") to The Love Unlimited Orchestra ("Safe and Sound").
It would be difficult to write a review of Craig Finn’s debut solo record without mentioning The Hold Steady, and for that reason I won’t be attempting it. Recorded in Austin, Texas during a measly four month break from his aforementioned cohorts, the album represented an excuse for Finn to record with other musicians after writing songs which were “outside the norm” of his day-job.