- Derrick Anderson, "A World of My Own"
Steeped in a genre that rarely gets enough appreciation, this album from veteran LA session musician Derrick Anderson is a definite winner. Up until now, Anderson has been best known as “the (black) guy in The Bangles,” playing bass in one of the most consistently appealing purveyors of straight-ahead tuneful rock. But with A World of My Own, he proves himself as an exceptionally talented power-pop songwriter and arranger, especially on uptempo ravers like “Phyllis & Sharon.” With appearances by Matthew Sweet and Kim Shattuck — along with various Bangles and Cowsills — Anderson continues to be something of a chameleon. So when pals The Smithereens back him on the Ed Stasium-produced “Waiting for You,” the result sounds a lot like, well, The Smithereens. But fans of the style won’t mind, especially since Anderson brings along such top-notch tunes.
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