Boomkat Product Review:
Simon Bonney's Crime & The City Solution return with a new album some 28 years after their formation and frankly they sound better than they have any right to. Those expecting wild experimentation best look elsewhere, but fans will be delighted to find them in vigorous, committed and unrepentant form: from opener 'Goddess' you're left in no doubt that the dionysian rock 'n roll spirit is alive and well in their booze-bruised hearts. Formed in Sydney, Crime then relocated to Melbourne before The Birthday Party's Mick Harvey encouraged Bonney to head over to London, at which point Harvey, Rowland S. Howard and Swell Maps' Epic Soundtracks joined the band. In '87 they headed for Berlin, recruiting - among others - Bronwyn Adams (violin), Einsturzende Neubauten's Alexander Hacke (guitar) an DAF's Chrislo Haas, and became synonymous with the city's heroin-wracked, expat-heavy bohemia of the time. The new album sees Bonney joined by Hacke and Adams, plus Danielle de Piccioto, The Dirty Three's Jim White, David Eugene Edwards, Troy Gregory and Matthew Smith. Entitled American Twilight and recorded in Detroit, this LP is certainly in love with that country's musical traditions, with elements of blues, cosmic country and even gospel enjoying fulsome expression. It's a little windy in parts, but there are thrilling moments too: 'My Love Takes Me There', with its piledriving punk riffage, doleful mariachi horns and stacked vocal harmonies, is a particular gem. Crime are perhaps doomed to forever remain in the shadow of the Birthday Party and the Bad Seeds, and Bonney has never been as classy a vocalist or lyricist as Nick Cave, but they were still an important band, and they remain an exhilarating one. This is certainly a worthy comeback LP.