DEREK LYNN PLASTIC: The Smell of My Room Volume Three – Wicked Bad: CD

Jan 06, 2011

I have to say I don’t think I’ve ever been so confused by a CD sleeve. There is a dude standing in front of an Arby’s sign on the front cover and a photo of beer bottles, a bong, and a pile of weed on the back cover. Doing my homework, I found out that Derek Lyn Plastic was the culprit behind the disc. Turns out, nothing could prepare me for what lay inside: thirty tracks of garage-tinged, punkish pop plus another twenty-nine tracks of demo versions of the same tracks in the same order. Even though it’s a fun listen, one version is certainly enough. “30 years,” “You Need Money to Love Me,” and “Worlds Are Burning” were probably the disc’s most compelling tracks for me.

 –Garrett Barnwell (NMG, no address)