Crime & The City Solution paved the way for their first studio album since 1991 by revisiting their past with last year’s An Introduction To…. A collection of recordings made between 1987-91, it précised the band’s four-year period living in the Berlin captured in Wim Wenders’ Wings Of Desire (the 1987 film in which they also performed).
With help from Birthday Party/Bad Seed dynamo Mick Harvey on drums CATCS has always centred around singer Simon Bonney, who’d originally formed the group in Australia in 1977. While in Berlin, Bonney recruited violin-playing co-writer Bronwyn Adams and Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke on guitar, who returned when the band reformed last year. With visual artist Danielle de Picciotto, guitarist David Eugene Edwards, drummer Jim White, bassist Troy Gregory and keyboardist Mathew Smith on board, operations moved to Detroit.
American Twilight is widescreen, complex and often breathtaking in scope and attack. Opening track Goddess is a dense, towering surge, picked up by the filthy bass churn of My Love Takes Me There, which explodes into cinematic rapture. Six further intoxicating exercises harbour the savage bite displayed on the title track, while the emotional drama of Domina and the slowies they always excelled at remain undimmed. CATCS have matured during their absence, yet continue to burn with whatever inner flame drives Bonney and his rabid co-conspirators.