American Twilight - Crime & the City Solution
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jul 16, 2013
    80
    Practically vibrating with the will to realize its ambition, Crime & the City Solution finally produces its masterpiece.
  2. Apr 16, 2013
    80
    We find a band tapping into a distinctly American heart of darkness, capturing this nation's descent into partisan chaos and random, endless violence the way only the foreign-born can. [No. 97, p.54]
  3. Mar 26, 2013
    80
    Despite the 22-year hiatus, Crime & The City Solution sound as if they’ve never been away, and with such a strong comeback there’s no reason why they can’t finally make an attempt of gaining the recognition they deserve.
  4. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    CATCS have matured during their absence, yet continue to burn with whatever inner flame drives Bonney and his rabid co-conspirators.
  5. Apr 2, 2013
    70
    Further exploration and perseverance reveals a collection of tunes rich with details, awash with well honed musical ideas, thoughtfully arranged vocals and expression filled lyrics.
  6. 70
    Sometimes, as on Domina, the mood is almost singalong, but much of the album, including the title track is sublime. [May 2013, p.84]
  7. Apr 10, 2013
    60
    Occasionally remarkable, American Twilight is a timely reminder of the instinctive songwriting that a certain other, more feted southern gothic Melbournian has sometimes mislaid. [May 2013, p.95]

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  1. Jun 1, 2013
    7
    As soon as this record started I was reminded of Nick Cave’s growing old disgracefully outfit ‘Grinderman’ pounding beats and cutting guitars join keys, strings and percussion to form a wall of sound. Lead singer Simon Bonney has a voice that sounds like it was cask aged with a Lanegan roughness to it, but it’s on the track ‘The Colonel (Doesn't Call Anymore)‘ where he bears a striking resemblance to Richard Hawley fronting a kind of Birthday Party/Arcade Fire hybrid. The songs themselves are quite varied but the common theme is noise which I guess you should expect when you realise that the band is made up from members of The Dirty Three, Woven hand, 16 Horsepower and Einsturzende Neubauten. Each of the eight tracks either lifts you with euphoria or hangs around with an uneasy menace ready to hit you again with a wave or a layered blast. Without the lyrics it could be a ‘Godspeed You! Black Emperor’ album, the drone soundtrack to a never made film, but with Bonney’s words it’s an altogether different beast. Listening to the album you get a real sense of the musicians letting go when the structure gives way to the chaotic but it is tight and the playing is impeccable. Further reading brought to my attention that the band first hit the Australian punk scene in 1977/78 and actually split in 1984. I for one will be delving into their back catalogue while at the same time thanking them for reforming and making ‘American Twilight’ clearly one of the albums of the year. Collapse