Best Dystopian Disco Album

Singer and songwriter Chris Plank, who records as Uncle Knuckle, skirts disco on his superb full-length Heart Hitchhiker. Plank sings in a comic baritone voice that recalls the similar stylings of Memphis singer Harlan T. Bobo. Like Bobo, Uncle Knuckle likes to conflate the personal and the political, and Hitchhiker combines twitchy post-disco beats with songs about his struggle to stay afloat in the aftermath of the collapse of ... well, virtually everything. The album peaks with the five-minute track “Smart Bad or Dumb,” which features pedal steel and defies description. EDD HURT

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