After years of being bootlegged, out of print and vinyl-exclusive, longtime Crimpshrine fans can rejoice that all their scattered compilation tracks, split EPs and 7"s are now conveniently packaged on one CD. Containing their Sleep, What's That? and Quit Talkin' Claude EPs among a whole boatload of hard-to-find material, The Sound of a New World Being Born is a reminder of how tragic their short lifespan was. Despite their brief existence, Crimpshrine would eventually leave a mark as being one of the most influential punk bands to emerge out of Berkeley, CA. It was a combination of their sheer honesty, down-on-your-luck lyrics, and lo-fi recordings that made these guys stick out among the crowd to this day. And it's all here on this collection.
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AllMusic Review by Mike DaRonco