Crime & The City Solution - American Twilight

Back to the scene of the Crime

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.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

Mute | tbc

Reviewed by Kris Needs
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