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Vulgar, crass, undignified, and many other wonderful things, Justice’s long-awaited second was an up-middle-finger to the taste-gendarmes who felt that melding baroque, AC/DC, 10cc and Ali Love might be anything less than a really swell idea. From the moment ‘Horsepower’ landed, seemingly designed to soundtrack a hundred slaves dragging an obelisk through the desert, through the pagan pop party of ‘Civilization’, to the ‘Baba O’Riley’ space-thunk of ‘Newlands’, this was Big Music on every level. Perhaps the most remarkable thing of all was that, despite being made entirely on real instruments rather than pieced together from samples, it sounded so unmistakably Justice. It demonstrated that the first record was no fluke: here were two songwriters, who, with patience and cunning, had built their own totally off-kilter but entirely cohesive artistic universe, and were fleshing it out one Van Halen lick at a time. GH


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