Justice
Hyperdrama


3.2
good

Review

by Simon K. STAFF
April 28th, 2024 | 33 replies


Release Date: 04/26/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Really tasty fast food.

I feel like there’s very little dispute over Cross being Justice’s most revered album, but as someone who has only dabbled in their work over the years, from various bandmates and friends enjoying their music, I was intrigued to know why any album proceeding Cross was met with fairly polarising opinions. As an observer looking in, I listened through their discography in preparation for this review and to me, the writing is on the wall. What Cross does exceptionally well over all of Justice’s other albums is it creates a sound with a pithy approach, has a raw production that captures the essence of a dirty rock sound – which clearly resonates with people who don’t just listen to dance music – and while Justice’s influences can be pinpointed throughout the record, they aren’t outright lazily worshiped; they put their own unique creativity and distinction into it beforehand. These points are made crystal clear on the debut and as such, it’s easy to understand why anything after Cross fails to live up to the high bar being set. In Audio, Video, Disco and Women’s case, they lack the understanding of what made the debut click with so many people. Both records have pristine productions that, were they corporeal, would look like glass, and the songwriting overall lacks the complexities, depth and idiosyncrasies of Cross.

So what does Hyperdrama offer fans who are yearning for that gritty, dangerous electro-rock-dance sound? Well, not much if I’m honest, but, if you’re like me and you love a good ol’ slab of electro disco-funk with plenty of slap bass passages, a vista of moody synths, and a series of psychedelic flourishes akin to, ironically, Tame Impala, you should get plenty of miles out of the album. In fact, honestly, in the context of Justice’s discography, this feels like a pretty conservative offering that sets up shop on the foundation of the last two LPs. Indeed, like Audio, Video, Disco and Women, there are plenty of meandering moments – spots where you can’t help but drift off into space – but in equal measure, there are some excellent ideas lurking in Hyperdrama’s cosmic expanse. The pummelling “Generator” with its abrasive dark-synth assault, the funky guitar on “Dear Alan” echoes the genius of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and the epic cyberpunk voyage “Muscle Memory” (which reminds me of N64’s A Perfect Dark, due to its haunting synth) showcase Hyperdrama’s greatest assets. Then there’s the middling numbers like “Neverender” and “One Night/All Night” which are decent but jarringly, sound more like Tame Impala with Justice guesting on them than the other way round. Similarly, the majority of the vocal-fronted tracks on here are superfluous ready-meal-styled tracks that lack staying power or identity. While “The End” is an appropriately fitting closer for this album, as it summarises the album’s strengths and weaknesses in just over four minutes.

Still, with the exception of “Explorer” which I can’t even get through because of its nauseating and disorientating groove perpetually pulsating throughout, there isn’t a bad track on here; tracks are either great or they do a serviceable job, in spite of their derivative dispositions. So with all of that in mind, Hyperdrama will ultimately please fans who enjoyed their last two albums, but for anyone else hoping for a more adventurous LP that captures the succinct, edgy and grimy attitude of Cross, you’re going to be left disappointed. Justice’s fourth album caters to the radio-friendly masses, and frankly, they do a good job of it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bighubbabuddha
April 28th 2024


1043 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was passable but disappointing

Trifolium
April 28th 2024


39367 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice! Checking it soon. Judging by the singles and their previous stuff, I'd say I completely expected what you write here indeed. Which is nice!

vult
April 28th 2024


2394 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Better than Woman, but still disappointing. Cross was such a lightning in a bottle album.



Generator could be such a banger if they gave the synth any power and teeth behind them (coulda sounded like Stress 2.0). Surprisingly the Tame Impala tracks are some of the best on here for me, not sure why - I guess I’m a sucker for vocal driven Justice tracks. I especially appreciate the callback to the high hat on Waters of Nazareth present on One Night/All Night, thought that was neat.

Odal
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2024


2307 Comments


Awesome review.

I'm so curious about checking this out because the response has been a lot more middling than the singles suggested. I thought they were all absolute heat

Brabiz
April 28th 2024


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Eh it’s okay

Cygnatti
April 29th 2024


36100 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

An entire album of phoning it in

Pooter9000
April 29th 2024


51 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dear Alan slaps, Muscle Memory is cool. Generator could have been awesome. The rest is meh.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2024


18363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Thanks Odal.



Yeah, this is fine. Some songs stronger than others. Muscle memory is probably my favourite on here — I absolutely love those retro synths

Kompys2000
Emeritus
April 29th 2024


9489 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Trust fund disco strikes again

gryndstone
April 29th 2024


2795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dear Alan/Incognito was what this whole thing should've been

henryChinaski
April 29th 2024


5058 Comments


how about a new artwork for a change?

gryndstone
April 29th 2024


2795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Think about how many fun crosses they could make though

Xen0scale
April 29th 2024


20 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This did not do it for me. Working up the patience for another spin.

twlight
April 29th 2024


9030 Comments


they continue to prove that the masterpiece of cross was a fluke

bloc
April 29th 2024


70400 Comments


I'm liking this, would put it at a 3.5

neekafat
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2024


26419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

pretty fun, might actually prefer it to his debut (which i also just checked), it's more consistent at least

Trifolium
April 30th 2024


39367 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

*Their



They're a duo. Yet another DP similarity.

gryndstone
April 30th 2024


2795 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

revisited this quick - this is impressively clean. if i'm in the industry this makes me want Justice to produce my pop songs

bloc
April 30th 2024


70400 Comments


Agreed, this album could get them into the game. Sucks for us purists, but good business for them.

Conmaniac
April 30th 2024


27695 Comments


Neverender a BANGER a couple other cool tracks but prob won’t listen to full album



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