"The world is worthless," announces frontlady Teri Gender Bender on this goth-pop set with ex-Mars Volta guitar hero Omar Rodriguez Lopez. Things don't get much cheerier, and vocal thrills notwithstanding, the songs don't ignite. Rodriguez Lopez is restrained, dishing coiled New Wave riffs. As art-rock abnegation, it's impressive. But when he teases flamboyance on the death disco "Morning Sickness," you long for a little more excess.