I think I can say pretty easily that this CD is the best record I've ever been sent for review. It probably doesn't hurt that The Urchin have long been one of my absolute favorite bands from Japan. They haven't put out an album since their 2001 masterpiece Another Day, Another Sorry State, but I have always held out hope that they were going to release something new. That's mostly because I saw that they have still been playing in Japan all of these years. The bad news is that this CD isn't a new full length album, but the good news is that it compiles all of their non album songs into one place. And hot damn are these songs great.
To me, The Urchin always felt like the Dillinger Four of Japan. Every song they've ever released has been tight and catchy, with the sort of ridiculously hooky choruses that so few bands are capable of. They've got so many amazing songs from their various 7"s they've been putting out over the past eighteen years. Their entire run of Snuffy Smile 7"s are present as are various other splits, the songs from a self released CDEP, several compilation songs and even a couple that were previously unreleased. Despite having hunted down as many records of theirs as I could find, there were still a few songs on this that I had never heard before.
Even though they haven't put out a new record in fifteen years, it would still be hard for you to convince me that The Urchin is not the best band in Japan. The songs on this record reminded me just how much I love this band and if I have to wait another fifteen years for a new full length, so be it, I'll keep waiting. Though, I would prefer to not have to wait that long if possible, so let's get some new songs recorded!
The Urchin - 25 Complaints Beside 18 Years: