In art, confession treads a fine line between catharsis and showing off. A subset of current punk bands like Wheatus and Blink 182 utilizes the geek mode to comment on classic macho-rock poses, but since they have nothing original to say (girls ignore you at school? figure it out), geekiness turns out to be just as much of a pose.

Dan Bryk, a singing-songwriting pianist from Ontario, takes geek to another level. He embraces loserdom with such passion that, listening to his new album, “Lovers Leap,” you can’t decide if what you’re wincing at is the poignancy of his confessions or his pathetic belief that singing about these awful episodes will make him feel better. Bryk is a pudgy, post-grunge Portnoy who listened to Randy Newman and understood how bitterness and bad faith could be sexy, even when sung in a voice that has difficulty with whole notes.

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