Justice | Access All Arenas (2013) // A live album from Justice sounds exactly like you’d expect it to. There’s not a lot of talking, and familiar songs are rearranged so they’re not simply album versions being played live. There’s an energy that the recording manages to capture, but surely the visuals would’ve added another dimension. At the same time a live album is meant to make us focus on the music, because it’s almost like listening to a greatest hits album of sorts, giving the crowd what they want as well as playing band favorites, or in some cases testing out new songs.
Like all their other releases Access All Arenas is LOUD. Supposedly part of that comes from the fact that the microphones were placed directly in front of speakers, the other comes from the fact that Justice love pushing their masters/audio into the red on their CDs. Considering this is dance music, that crackling of the sound itself somehow works, giving the impression that Justice’s energy is going to destroy the speakers.
A fun one for an fan of their two albums.