Tweaker is the new nom de guerre of former Nine Inch Nails contributor Chris Vrenna, whose The Attraction to All Things Uncertain makes for an arresting solo debut.

Tweaker is the new nom de guerre of former Nine Inch Nails contributor Chris Vrenna, whose The Attraction to All Things Uncertain makes for an arresting solo debut. The melange of electro-rock instrumentals and artful vocal collaborations begins with the darkly alluring first single, "Linoleum," which sees the poetic lyrics and vocals of avant-pop hero David Sylvian ideally matched to Vrenna's edgy atmospherics. Palace Music auteur Will Oldham sings the spooky "Happy Child," while ex-Shudder to Think frontman Craig Wedren brings his idiosyncratic melodicism to bear on the techno-pop poem "Take Me Alive" and the album's highlight, the grand rock ballad "After All." Other than the '80s-disco misstep of "Microsize Boy," the nine instrumental tracks possess an appealing mix of synthetic ambience and organic invention. Also due from San Francisco indie Six Degrees is Vrenna's soundtrack to the computer game American McGee's Alice (from the maker of Doom and Quake), which draws from the more disquieting aspects of Alice in Wonderland.—BB