Bent, by New York-based underground pop star and video artist Cody Critcheloe, has provided a sleazy soundtrack to gay nightlife since its online release last year. If you already copped the download, there are a couple of incentives to pick up this repackage: the gloriously cruisey cover of Young Marble Giants' Credit In The Straight World and a handful of bonus remixes.
While previous SSION (pronounced "shun") efforts have been couched in the terms of DIY rock opera, on Bent Critcheloe focuses more on crafting songs that can compete in the ridiculous world of pop music he so often satirizes.
The album borrows from a variety of dance styles - slo-mo disco, classic house, dark electro and industrial - without seeming trendy or derivative, though there are moments when the low-end production crowds Critcheloe's airy vocals and the weaker melodies. As a lyricist, he's sage and silly, sardonic and seedy, without being obscene or obvious.
But his best songs tap into the wistful-pop-anthem tradition by simultaneously exposing and celebrating the artifice of club culture.
Top track: Nothing Happens At Nite